Hiring guide in Tunisia

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What should I know about hiring in Tunisia?

Featuring a diverse and skilled pool of professionals, expanding your team in Tunisia can offer numerous advantages for your business. However, complying with the country’s employment laws is not only a legal requirement but also means building a strong foundation for successful operations. 

Tunisia has a comprehensive labour legislative framework regarding essential aspects such as minimum wage, working hours, employment contracts, and related regulations. Besides this, the country has a unique business landscape and cultural norms that employers need to comprehend and follow to build a successful remote team.

Why is Tunisia a good choice for finding remote employees?

Tunisia can be a good choice for team expansion for several reasons. Firstly, Tunisia is a very cost-effective country with a relatively lower cost of living than many Western countries. This is beneficial for businesses that are seeking cost-effectiveness and decreasing expenses for salaries and operations.

Furthermore, Tunisia has a relatively stable political environment compared to other countries in the region. With the government’s incentives and support for promoting the IT sector in the country, employers can have a sense of security for expanding their business.

Finally, due to the geographical proximity and historical ties, Tunisian business culture shares many similarities with European cultures. Combined with the country’s well-educated and skilled workforce, employers can easily hire qualified professionals and build teams with cultural understanding and alignment in remote work dynamics.

How can Native Teams help you hire in Tunisia?

If you encounter challenges related to language barriers, cultural norms, or regulatory complexities when hiring in Tunisia, Native Teams is here to assist. Our comprehensive Employer of Record solutions cover handling local labour regulations, payroll, taxation, and other employment intricacies. 

With our guidance and support, you can seamlessly hire and onboard Tunisian professionals, ensuring a smooth and successful integration into your workforce.

 Hire your first Tunisian employee with Native Teams.

Legal requirements for hiring in Tunisia

Minimum wage

The minimum wage in Tunisia depends on the sector and industry of operation. Non-agricultural workers are entitled to a minimum wage of 390.69 TND, while agricultural workers are paid a minimum of 459.26 TND per month.

Contributions & taxes

Employer tax

The total employer payroll contributions in Tunisia are 20.07%.

Corporate tax

The general corporate tax rate in Tunisia is 15%.

Employee tax

The total employee payroll cost in Tunisia is 9.18%.

Income tax

The income tax in Tunisia is calculated following progressive rates:

  • From 0 TND to 5.000 TND – 0%.
  • From 5.001 TND to 20.000 TND – 26%
  • From 20.001 TND to 30.000 TND – 28%
  • From 30.001 TND to 50.000 TND – 32%
  • 50.001 TND and above – 35%

To calculate the salary and taxes in Tunisia please click here.

Payroll cycle

The payroll cycle in Tunisia runs either on a weekly or monthly basis.

Is there a 13th salary in Tunisia?

There are no statutory requirements to pay a 13th salary in Tunisia.

Labor rules

Probation period

According to Tunisian employment laws, the probation period can range from 1 to 3 months, depending on the type of employment.

Notice period 

The mandatory notice period in Tunisia is 1 month and has to be submitted in written form.

Severance period

The severance pay in Tunisia is calculated as one day’s average salary for each month of employment. Employees in Tunisia are entitled to severance pay unless the employment is terminated for disciplinary reasons.

Working hours

Per Tunisian labour laws, the work week is 5 days per week and shouldn’t exceed 48 hours. 

Leave and benefits

Public holidays

The following are the national holidays in Tunisia:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Independence Day
  3. Martyr’s Day
  4. Eid al Fitr 
  5. Labor Day
  6. Eid al Adha 
  7. Islamic New Year
  8. Republic Day
  9. Women’s Day
  10. Assumption Day
  11. Prophet’s Day
  12. Evacuation Day
  13. Revolution Day

Sick leave

Only employees who have at least 50 days of covered employment in the last 2 quarters, or 80 days in the last 4 quarters are eligible for sick leave. During the sick leave period, the employee receives 66.7% of their average daily salary in a maximum duration of 180 days.

Maternity leave & Paternity leave

Female employees in Tunisia are eligible for 30 days of paid maternity leave. To receive 66.7% of their daily salary, female employees must have contributed to the social security system for at least 80 days in the four quarters prior to giving birth. Male employees are entitled to paternity leave for a duration of 1 day in the first week of childbirth.

Other leave

Parental leave

Employees are entitled to one day of parental leave, paid at the average daily salary in the last quarter.

Work-related injury leave

When reported and assessed within 48 hours of the work-related accident, employees are entitled to an injury leave paid at 66.7% of their average daily salary for the highest-paid period.

What are the minimum vacation days?

Employees in Tunisia are entitled to 1 work day of paid time off per month or 12 work days per year.


Health security & private insurance

Anyone who has worked for an employer for at least three months within the previous fifteen months is entitled to free medical and dental care through the Social Security Administration.

*Native Teams can support you in finding the best private insurance in the country. Contact us, and we will send a comparison of insurance packages and prices.*


Relocation and work permits

Native Teams will apply for your work visa in the nation on your behalf and serve as your Employer of Record. All the required documents can be uploaded using our app. Until you have your work and residency visa, Native Teams will support you by providing you with frequent information on the progress.

How long is the visa/work permit process?

2 to 4 weeks depending on the authorities and provided documents.

Which documents do you need?

To apply for a visa/work permit in Tunisia, upload the documents from our onboarding list (relocation to log in/pricing). 

Why use Native Teams for hiring in Tunisia?

Native Teams lets you employ team members ‘like a local’ meaning you get all the benefits of a global team, wherever you are based. Here are the reasons why you should use Native Teams for hiring:

  • No paperwork: We will handle all the necessary paperwork for you.
  • Save on taxes: We help you handle your taxes.
  • No company set up: You can expand your business using our company entitles.
  • Online onboarding: We’re here to ensure your onboarding process is trouble-free.
  • No accounting: We will handle all of your accounting needs, including invoicing, payroll, and more.
  • Increase your profit: We assist you in growing your business and maximizing your profits.
  • Compliance expertise: we can assist your company in navigating the regulatory environments and ensure you meet all relevant requirements.
  • Local support: We can assist you in understanding and complying with the relevant local laws.
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*Note: The provided information was accurate at the time of writing.

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