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Ghana PEO & Employer of Record

Expand your organization into Ghana, even if you don’t have a Ghanaian entity

Ghana has a rapidly growing economy and is increasingly influential in the continent of Africa. The economy is diverse, but some highlights are its gold, oil, and cocoa export industries. There are many opportunities for foreign businesses looking to invest in Ghana.

If your organization is planning a Ghana expansion, it is important to realize that progress can be slow and many administrative procedures are inefficient relative to more developed countries. These factors can lead to unexpected delays to any expansion effort.

At Horizons, we provide a full range of outsourcing services to assist businesses with their Ghana expansion. Our employer of record, professional employer organization (PEO), and payroll services give you everything you need to build and expand your business in Ghana, even if you don’t have an in-country entity. Our in-house recruitment team can even find, recruit, and onboard your local workforce, as well as handling all ongoing HR administration.

Horizons provides everything you need to expand into Ghana quickly and effectively while potentially saving you thousands in setup costs.

How can our Ghana PEO simplify your expansion?

Horizons enables your business to expand its operations into Ghana, without needing to set up up a Ghanaian subsidiary.

Rapid Market Entry

Horizons will enable you to source, hire, and onboard professionals across Ghana in as little as 48 hours.

Cost-Effective Expansion

Our PEO solution can help you benefit from cost savings of up to 85%, without the need to establish a Ghanaian entity.

Payroll Outsourcing

Simplified Ghana salary & payroll processing, including social security payments, tax, and any other required contributions.

Employee Onboarding

Utilize the relevant provision for all types of Ghanaian labor contracts, whether a fixed-term or open-ended contract.

Onsite Legal & HR Team

Full support for Ghana-specific contract renewals, terminations, annual leave management, HR, and strategic guidance.

Ensure Full Compliance

We ensure that employment contracts are fully compliant and adhere to Ghana labor laws and best practices.

Hiring in Ghana: Employment law overview

📝 Employment contracts in Ghana

Employees in Ghana are legally entitled to a formal employment contract including all relevant details of employment such as salary and benefits. It should generally be written in the country’s official language of English and use the local currency of the Ghanaian cedi.

⏰ Working hours in Ghana

The normal working week in Ghana consists of five eight-hour days.

📅 Public holidays in Ghana

1 Jan
New Year’s Day
7 Jan
Constitution Day
6 Mar
Independence Day
20 Mar
March Equinox
10 Apr
Good Friday
11 Apr
Holy Saturday
12 Apr
Easter Sunday
13 Apr
Easter Monday
1 May
May Day
10 May
Mothers’ Day
24 May
Id ul Fitr
25 May
Day off for Id ul Fitr
20 Jun
June Solstice
21 Jun
Fathers’ Day
31 Jul
Eid al-Adha
4 Aug
Founders’ Day
21 Sep
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day
22 Sep
September Equinox
4 Dec
Farmer’s Day
21 Dec
December Solstice
24 Dec
Christmas Eve
25 Dec
Christmas Day
26 Dec
Boxing Day
28 Dec
Boxing Day observed
31 Dec
New Year’s Eve

🏖 Ghana vacation leave

Employees in Ghana are generally entitled to 15 days of paid vacation leave per year.

😷 Ghana sick leave

Sick leave is not legally mandated in Ghana, but employers may choose to offer it as part of their benefits packages.

👶 Parental leave in Ghana

Female workers in Ghana can usually take 12 weeks of paid maternity leave. Male workers may soon be legally entitled to paternity leave under new legislation that is currently in discussion.

💰 Terminations and severance in Ghana

Employees in Ghana who are on contracts lasting under three years are legally entitled to two weeks of notice prior to termination. Those on contracts of more than three years are entitled to one month of notice.

Some contracts include specific clauses waiving the need for notice of termination.

🏦 Tax in Ghana

Employers and employees in Ghana must contribute a percentage of salaries to the country’s social security scheme. Employers must pay 13% and employees must pay 5.5%.

🏥 Health coverage in Ghana

Ghana has a nationalized healthcare system, so employees are covered for their medical care. However, some employers may choose to provide private health insurance to their employees.

💳 Ghana compensations & benefits

Compensation laws in Ghana

As of January 2020, the minimum wage in Ghana is 11.82 cedis per day.

Benefit management in Ghana

Establishing a Ghana benefits system for employees can be difficult. With a different language and a unique set of employment laws, building a comprehensive and compliant benefits system can take a long time and come at significant cost.

At Horizons, we specialize in building and running Ghanaian employee benefits systems. We’ll handle everything, using our experience to ensure you are ready to commence your Ghana operation as quickly as possible.

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