Madagascar Employer of Record & Payroll

Africa Deployments Madagascar offers our clients Employer of Record solutions & Payroll solutions covering all of the regions within.  We offer full-time employment or fixed terms contracts based on your requirements in Madagascar for locals or expatriates.  ADS will take care of the work permit under our umbrella and will issue local work contracts to your contractors.  We will also advise our client’s on the best Human Resource (HR) practices when setting up employees locally in Madagascar.

ADS takes care of the local tax & PAYE remittances to the Revenue Services on a monthly basis, ensuring that they are fully compliant with the law.  We will also ensure that their salaries are paid on time monthly and issue them with their pay slips. We work with a large amount of NGO’s, International Development Agencies, and the private sector in Madagascar.

In addition to our services we can offer you the employee in Madagascar, Medical, Disability, Life, and Workmen’s Compensation Insurances.

Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometers off the coast of East Africa. At 592,800 square kilometers, Madagascar is the world’s second-largest island country.


26.3 million (2021)


Malagasy Ariary




Malagasy / French


4.16 billion USD (2021)


Agriculture & Mining

What is the main language spoken in Madagascar:

In Madagascar the main language that is spoken is Malagasy and approximately 23% of the population speaks French.  Although English is spoken by some locals it is not considered a main language approximately 8% of the population speak English

What type of employment contracts can you offer in Madagascar:

Through our employer of record (EOR) solutions in Madagascar, we can offer the following types of employment contracts

  • Fixed Term
  • Indefinite term

Contracts and Offer Letters must:

  • Be in writing
  • Be in the official local language and the local currency
  • Include salary/compensation, benefits and termination requirements

Full-time Employees:

  • Have specific working terms and conditions
  • Can be eligible for organizational perks and/or other benefits
  • Tend to be more focused [as only one employer] and familiar with the specific business – due to e.g. ongoing company training etc.


The Taxable income public or private salaries, wages, fees, allowances and other gains or profits from employment, such as bonuses, premiums, non-cash benefits and all fixed or remuneration / other perquisites, alimony payments provided on a compulsory basis with the exception of those for dependent children.

What income is exempt from taxes in Madagascar:

  • Pensions, life annuities in general, and all permanent and temporary allowances received as compensation for damages suffered.
  • Allowances and increases for pension
  • Salaries attached to the distinction of honor
  • Balances of citizens called to serve within or outside the armed forces for the duration of the deployment.
  • Retirement indemnity not exceeding one year’s salary
  •  Medical Expenses
  • Family allowances

Standard working hours: Number Overtime to be paid in Madagascar?

In Madagascar, the standard working hours are generally 40 hours per week, spread over 5 or 6 days. Overtime work, performed beyond the regular working hours, is typically compensated at a higher rate as stipulated by the Malagasy Labor Code.

Mandatory contributions in Madagascar?


Contribution Type Contribution Rate Threshold
Social Security Fund (CNaPS)
5% of gross salary
Monthly threshold: 1,034,200 MGA
National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM)
1.5% of gross salary
No specific threshold
National Pension Fund (CNAPS)
2% of gross salary
No specific threshold


Contribution Type Contribution Rate Threshold
Social Security (CNaPS)
12% of employee’s salary
Monthly threshold
National Health Insurance (CNAM)
3% of employee’s salary
Monthly threshold
National Employment and Vocational Training Fund (FNEF)
1.5% of employee’s salary
Monthly threshold


Contribution Type Employers Employees
Social Security (CNaPS)
National Health Insurance (CNAM)
National Employment and Vocational Training Fund (FNEF)

What is the Maternity and Paternity policy within Madagascar:

Maternal leave:
  • A minimum of 12 weeks (84 calendar days).
  • Start no earlier than 8 weeks before the expected delivery date.
  • Employee is entitled to receive maternity pay equivalent to her normal wages.
  • Complications or illness related to pregnancy or childbirth, additional leave may be granted based on medical certification.
Paternal leave:
  • 10 days per year for family events

What type of leave is allowed in Madagascar:

Annual leave

  • In general, employees are entitled to 2.5 days of paid leave per month.

Sick Leave

  • In accordance with the Labour Code, a worker is entitled to sick leave for up to 6 months if sickness is certified by a qualified doctor.

Do I need to pay a mandatory bonus annually OR is it discretionary in Madagascar:

Bonuses are mandatory Madagascar and this is made up of 14% of the annual salary pro-rated.  The bonus is paid out in December annually.  The bonuses amount is determined by the Government and is subject to change with very short notice as we have witnessed in the past.

What Gratuity / Severance payments do you need to provide for Madagascar:

  • Before employing your employees in Madagascar, it is always advisable to understand your risk from an employment perspective.  Unfortunately, nothing is guaranteed and in the event that you need to terminate for a valid reason, we always suggest that you know what you are in for in the unlikely event you need to terminate.
Below are the types are terminations in Madagascar: Notice period:
  • Calculated based on length of service and employment type
  • Can be from ±8 days to 6 months
  • Prior written notice required
Severance [economic reasons]:
  • Employees generally entitled to 10 days of earnings per completed service year up to 6 months of earnings


  • Canteen expenses up to MGA 5,000
  • Car Benefits – used for both professional and personal purposes estimated at 15% of total monthly expenses incurred by the company (Fuel, maintenance, and repairs)
  • Housing / Accommodation – 50% of the actual rent or monthly bond payment not exceeding 25% of the fixed remunerations paid in cash
  • Phone Allowance – 15% of the total actual monthly expense paid by the employer

Mandatory Probation period of Madagascar

Probationary period is 6 months [maximum]

What are the Corporate and VAT / Sales tax rates in Madagascar:

Corporate Tax Rates: 20% [in general]

VAT / Sales Tax Rates: 20% [on most goods and services]

Public Holidays in Madagascar:

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • March 8 - Women's Day
  • March 29 - Martyrs' Day
  • April 10 - Easter Monday
  • April 21 - Eid al-Fitr
  • May 1 - Labour Day
  • May 18 - Ascension Day
  • May 29 - Whit Monday
  • June 26 - Independence Day
  • June 28 - Eid al-Adha
  • August 15 - Assumption of Mary
  • November 1 - All Saints' Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
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What Industries we support in Madagascar:

  • Non-Governmental Organization’s (NGO) / Non- profit
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Government / Development Agencies
  • Oil & Gas
  • FMCG & Manufacturing
  • Private Equality, Finance, Insurance & Banking
  • Mining
  • Agriculture

What Double Tax Treaties are in place in Madagascar:

The information provided above is for an “informative decision” and may change at any given time without prior notice.  We always suggest speaking to one of our Sales Consultants before engaging in country.

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