Mali: A Guideline to Payroll and Employer of Record

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Mali is a country located in West Africa, bordered by Algeria on the north, Niger on the east, Burkina Faso and the Côte d'Ivoire on the south, Guinea on the south-west, and Senegal and Mauritania on the west.

Mali has a growing industrial sector, which includes food processing, construction; phosphate and gold mining.

Do your organization's expansion plans require hiring employees in Mali? Do you lack a physical entity in the country – a key requisite to hire local talent? Neeyamo – one of the top Global payroll providers, assists organizations worldwide with onboarding and managing employees in Mali - processing payroll, managing local compliance requirements, benefits, and more.

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Facts And Stats




West African CFA franc

Official Language

13 Official languages

Fiscal Year

1 January to 31 December

Date Format


Country Calling Code


Time Zone

00:00 GMT

Global Payroll


Handling payroll for a widespread workforce can pose a significant challenge for any organization, and the added complication of compliance can make things worse and drastically affect the time and efforts that can be used in other equally important aspects of an organization's development. If companies spend more time processing payroll, it directly impacts day-to-day operations and their overall productivity. 

Over the years, Neeyamo has observed these complexities and strived to provide a global payroll solution through a single technology platform - Neeyamo Payroll. Cloud-based payroll service providers, like Neeyamo, assess payroll industry trends and offer a consolidated solution in its Global Payroll Technology Stack, making outsourcing payroll cost per employee easier.

Payroll Taxes

Payroll tax is the percentage amount retained from an employee's salary and paid to the government to invest in the general population's welfare.

Employee Taxes

Employee Contribution:

Social Security Contribution: 3.6%

Employer Taxes

Employer Contribution:

Social Security Contribution: 35%

Payroll Cycle


Undoubtedly, payroll is a critical aspect of any organization. The Pay cycle is a notable feature that provides a sense of accountability for an employee to be paid consistently for their work.


The frequency is monthly, bi-monthly (twice a month), and even weekly

13th Month Cycle

There is no statutory requirement to pay the 13th or the 14th month salary. However, there is a seniority bonus that all employees are entitled to once they spend three years in their role.

Global Work


An Employer of Record services (EOR) provider helps you eliminate the hassle of handling complexities while onboarding a new employee in an international location. They help bridge the gap that otherwise mandates organizations to have a local registered entity and a local bank account prior to making a job offer to an international hire. 

 An Employer of Record services provider acts as a legal employer, facilitates salary payments, and manages other statutory requirements such as health insurance, payroll taxes, and employee benefits, ensuring compliance with local tax laws and regulations.

This allows organizations to focus on collaborating with the employee in Fiji for operational tasks, with the knowledge that they have a cost-effective solution to support their global HR and payroll requirements as they continue their global expansion. 

HR Mandates and Practices

Minimum Wage

The current minimum wage in Mali is 40,000 CFA francs per month.


Working Hours in Mali The standard work week is 40 hours.

Overtime in Mali

Overtime is paid at a premium of

  • 10% of the salary for work performed from the 41st hour to the 48th hour is included.
  • 25% for work performed beyond the 48th hour.
  • 50% for work performed during the night.

Data Retention Policy

According to the Law, data controllers must delete data upon request from the data subject if the data is incomplete, false, ambiguous, or outdated within 30 days from the receipt of such request.

Hiring and Onboarding Requirements


Labour Code of Mali (Code du Travail du Mali): This is the primary legal framework regulating employment relationships in Mali. It covers various aspects like contracts, working hours, wages, benefits, termination, and dispute resolution.


The specific onboarding documents required for employees in Mali may vary depending on the employer and the industry. However, some of the most common onboarding documents include:

  • Name 
  • Address 
  • Contact information
  • Emergency contact information
  • Proof of Identity
  • Educational Documents


The probationary period should not exceed six months.


Public Holidays for 2024

  • 1 January - New Year
  • 20 January - Army Day
  • 26 March - Martyrs' Day
  • 1 April - Easter Monday
  • 10 April - Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date)
  • 1 May - Workers' Day
  • 25 May - Africa Day
  • 17 June - Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date)
  • 17 July - Ashura Holiday (Tentative Date)
  • 16 September - The Prophet's Birthday (Tentative Date)
  • 22 September - Independence Day
  • 23 September - Baptism of the Prophet (Tentative Date)
  • 25 December - Christmas Day

Annual Leave

Annual leave is equivalent to two and a half days per month of work accrued, for a total of 30 calendar days per year (working days and weekends included). For convenience, this is considered the equivalent of 22 working days per year.

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to 14 weeks (six weeks before and eight weeks after birth) of maternity leave.

Paternity Leave

The worker shall be entitled to 3 days of paternity leave.

Sick Leave

Employees receive sick leave with a doctor’s certificate Until a health insurance plan is established in accordance with the provisions of the Social Security Code, Labour Code provisions are applicable.

During the sick leave: 100% of the employee's earnings is paid during the first year of employment for a period of eight days to three months, depending on the collective agreements or the type of employment 50% of the employee's earnings for up to an additional month is paid from the second year of employment thereafter.


Notice Period

In the absence of collective agreements or decrees, the duration of the notice period is:

  • Eight days for staff paid by the day or week;
  • One month for the worker whose monthly salary is paid;
  • Two months for supervisors and assimilated employees;
  • Three months for executives and management.

Severance Pay

Employees are entitled to the following severance pay:

  • 20% for each of the first five years of work
  • 25% for each year from the 6th to the 10th inclusive
  • 30% for each year beyond the 10th



  • Any individual visiting Mali must obtain a visa from one of the country’s diplomatic missions unless they’re from a visa-exempt country. Currently, citizens from 25 countries can travel to Mali without a visa.
  • The two main types of visas include business and tourist selections with options for single-entry, multiple-entry, or stays for up to six months.
  • It typically takes ten days to process the visa.
  • Foreigners seeking employment in Mali must obtain a work permit.

Employee Background Checks

Types of Background Checks in Mali

  • Employment Verification
  • Identity Verification
  • Education Verification
  • Medical Examinations
  • Criminal Record Checks
  • Education and Employment Verification
  • Professional License Verification
  • Financial Checks

Last updated on December 26, 2023

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