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Is investment in Tunisia free?

Foreigners may freely invest in all sectors provided in the Code when the activity is export-oriented. They can own up to 100% of project capital without the need for prior authorization. Investment in certain other sectors which are not totally exporting are subject to prior authorization for both Tunisian and foreign investors.

Some activities are subject to a simple declaration and others to prior authorization.

Is it possible to hire foreign personnel?

Recruitment of foreigners may not be done when there are Tunisian nationals with the required specializations. Totally exporting businesses may recruit up to four foreign managers and supervisors for each business.

Beyond this limit, businesses must comply with a recruitment program pre-approved by the Ministry of Employment.

What are the advantages offered to foreign personnel?

Upon hire, a foreign worker is entitled to the following :

  • the payment of a tax set at 20% of gross income; and

  • exemption from customs duty and from taxes concerning the import of personal effects and the import of one automotive vehicle for each person.

What is the level of wages in Tunisia?

Tunisian salaries are relatively low compared with neighboring and industrialized countries. Salaries are generally determined either:

  • by reference to collective agreements of the private sector; or

  • by free negotiation between employers and employees subject to compliance with the minimum wage established by law.

Monthly labor costs in Euro

Operator 200
Skilled Worker 350
Senior Technician 500
Engineer 1 000
What are the working hours in Tunisia?

In Tunisia, the 5 day work week is applied and the most current labor schedules are as follows :

  • for agents of the state, local authorities, and public establishments of an administrative nature :

    • Winter period :

      • Monday to Thursday : 8:30AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

      • Friday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

    • Summer period and the month of Ramadan :

      • The administrative schedule varies from 8:00 / 8:30 AM to 2:00 / 2:30 PM.

  • for private institutions (work schedules typically vary from one institution to another)

    • Winter period :

      • Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    • Summer period and the month of Ramadan :

      • Monday to Friday: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

How is extra-time paid ?

For overtime hours, those above and beyond the normal weekly hours, they are compensated by the weekly salary base plus the following rates of increase :

  • for full time work at 48 hours per week: 75%;

  • for full time work under 48 hours per week: 25% up to 48 hours and 50% thereafter

  • part time work 50%.

What are social security institutions in Tunisia?
  • The National Pension and Social Security Fund (CNRPS) responsible for providing coverage to civil servants and public sector employees.

  • The National Social Security Fund (CNSS), which provides social security for workers in the private sector (employees and self-employed workers in various sectors).

  • The National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM) manages the various schemes of health cover for social security affiliates in the public and private sectors, the provision of sickness benefits as well as compensation schemes for damages resulting from occupational accidents and diseases.

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