Payments to non-resident foreign workers in Angola are now made in kwanzas

13 March 2017

Angolan companies will be able to hire non-resident foreign workers for a maximum period of 36 months and payments will be made exclusively in kwanzas, the country’s currency, according to a presidential decree.

The decree quoted by Portuguese news agency Lusa seeks to regulate the professional activity of non-resident foreign workers in order to “allow more balanced treatment” of domestic and foreign workers.

The document describes a non-resident foreign worker as a citizen of another nationality, “not residing in Angola, with professional, technical or scientific qualification in which the country is not self-sufficient, hired in foreign countries to pursue their professional activity in Angola for a specific time.”

The presidential decree also outlines that the contract of employment under this scheme can only be “successively renewed up to a maximum of 36 months” and that the companies covered should only hire “up to 30% of non-resident skilled foreign workers.”

The remaining 70% should be completed “by the national workforce,” meaning Angolans and foreigners with resident status.

“The compensation is paid in kwanzas, and supplements and other benefits should paid directly or indirectly in cash or kind, should be no greater than 50% of the basic salary,” the document said.

These workers are still not covered by the payment of taxes, but the new law defines, that it will be up to the National Bank of Angola to set maximum amounts for salary transfers abroad. (macauhub)