• Amendments Grant Employers and Foreign Nationals Greater Flexibility in Employment Agreements
  • July 12, 2017
  • Effective immediately, Angolan authorities have amended a recent Presidential Decree, lifting the restrictions on the currency of foreign nationals’ salary and the maximum duration of employment agreements. The amendments affect employers in all sectors in Angola.

    Amendments

    The new Presidential Decree includes the following provisions:

    • Employers are no longer required to pay foreign nationals’ salary in Kwanzas and can now freely determine the payment currency;
    • Employers are no longer required to limit benefits or allowances to 50% of the foreign worker’s base salary; and
    • Employers and foreign nationals can now mutually agree on the maximum duration of employment agreements without restrictions. Any such agreements may be renewed twice at the consent of both parties.

    What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

    Employers can now pay foreign nationals’ salary in any currency, which should protect foreign nationals from volatility of the local currency.

    The more flexible employment contract arrangements should benefit foreign workers who seek to change the duration of their employment agreements.