Mozambique: New laws for employment of foreign workers

3 December 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 3 Dec – Taking on of overseas workers has become dependent on the size of companies under the terms of a decree-law approved Tuesday by Mozambique’s government, the Maputo newspaper Noticias has reported.

The law defines three company levels, setting down a 5 percent limit of total workers for large firms, 8 percent for medium ones and 10 percent for small companies, Noticias said, adding the final decision on employment of foreigners under the Labor Law rests with the respective minister. These contracts have a maximum period of two years and are renewable.

Government spokesperson Luis Covane said the fixing of quotas is primarily aimed at discouraging excessive employment of foreign labor to allow Mozambique to train quality skilled staff in large numbers.

But when there are national labor shortages in some sectors, suitably qualified overseas workers can be taken on. (macauhub)