Basic Facts

Algeria is a North African country with a Mediterranean coastline and a Saharan desert interior. The country covers an area of 2.38 million square kilometers, making it the world’s tenth-largest nation by area, and the largest nation in Africa. Algeria is bounded to the east by Tunisia and Libya, to the south by Niger, Mali, and Mauritania; to the west by Morocco and Western Sahara. The main economic drivers of Algeria are oil and gas.


*Please note that the official currency is the currency of remuneration when employed through WorkMotion in Algeria.

Capital :
Currency :
Algerian dinar (DZD; دج)
Languages spoken :
Arabic and Tamazight (Berber)
Population :
44.62 million (2021 est.)
Minimum wage 2023 :
DZD 20,000 per month
Cost of Living index :
$ (135 of 139 countries)
Payroll Frequency :
VAT - standard rate :
GDP - real growth rate :
3.8% (2021 est.)

Statutory Holidays

The national holidays mentioned below are valid for the year 2024.

Holiday Name
Extra Information
January 1
New Year’s Day
January 12
Amazigh New Year
April 10 - 11
Eid al-Fitr
May 1
Labor Day
June 16 - 17
Eid al-Adha
July 5
Independence Day
July 7
Islamic New Year
July 16
September 15
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
November 1
Revolution Day

Contract Sharing Time

The approximate time for sharing the contract with an employee in Algeria is 7 business days assuming no special requests or changes to our standard employment contract. Any such requests or changes would need to undergo internal and external review, directly leading to a time delay.

NOTE: This number is subject to change and is only an estimation of the Contract Sharing Time. The estimated Contract Sharing Time begins from the moment that WorkMotion has received all required information from both the client and the employee.

What You Need To Know

  • Medical examination of workers is required upon initiation of work and at regular intervals after commencement of work.
  • The duration of a termination notice period is fixed in collective agreements and employment contracts.
  • Probation periods for high-skilled jobs can be extended to 12 months.
  • Friday is a legal rest day in Algeria.

Labor Conditions

Working Hours

The legal working time is set at 40 hours per week under normal working conditions. It is spread over at least five working days. When the working hours are carried out under the regime of the continuous session, the employer is required to arrange a break time that may not exceed one hour including half an hour considered as working time.



The employer may require any worker to work overtime in excess of the statutory working time without such hours exceeding 20% of the said statutory working time. Overtime worked gives rise to the payment of an increase which may in no case be less than 50% of the normal hourly wage.

Probation Period

The newly recruited worker may be subject to a probationary period of not more than six months. This period may be extended to 12 months for highly qualified jobs.


Termination Notice Period

Dismissal entitles the worker who has not committed a serious misconduct to a period of leave, the minimum duration of which is fixed in collective agreements and employment contracts.  During the duration of the leave,the dismissed worker is entitled to two hours per day, cumulative, ,to look for another job.

Leave / Time Off

Annual Leave

The paid leave is calculated at the rate of two and a half days per month of work without the overall duration exceeding 30 calendar days per year of work. Additional leave of not less than 10 days per year of work is granted to the worker practicing in the wilayas of the South.

The indemnity relating to the annual leave is equal to 1/12th of the total remuneration received by the worker during the reference year of the leave or in respect of the year preceding the leave.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to 15 days of paid sick leave at half salary, and full salary from the 16th day of sickness onwards. Sick pay and the reimbursement of medical expenses are funded by the National Fund of Social Security, based on the mandatory social contributions paid by the employer and the employee.

Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

Female employees receive 14 weeks of fully paid maternity leave (six weeks before the presumed date of confinement and eight weeks after), as well as 100% of medical benefits and hospitalization costs for up to eight days.


Paternity Leave

Male employees can take three days of paid emergency leave for the birth of a child.

Other Types of Paid Leave

The worker may benefit, subject to notification and prior justification to the employer, from absences without loss of remuneration for the following reasons:

  • To carry out tasks related to trade union representation or staff representation, according to the durations set by legal or contractual provisions;
  • To follow vocational or trade union training courses authorized by the employer and to take academic or professional examinations.

Workers also get three paid working days off for the following family events:

  • The marriage of the worker;
  •  Birth of a child of the worker;
  • Marriage of one of the descendants of the worker; 
  • Death of ascendant or descendant; 
  • Death of the worker’s spouse.

Unpaid Leave

The worker, regardless of the position held in the hierarchy, may not be paid for a period not worked without prejudice to the disciplinary measures provided for in the internal regulations. 

Statutory Benefits

The Algerian Social Security System includes all the branches provided for by modern social security systems, namely:

  • Health insurance
  • Maternity insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Death insurance
  • Accidents at work
  • Occupational diseases
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Retirement
  • Family benefits


Benefit Employer Contribution Employee Contribution Social Work Fund
Social insurance (sickness, maternity, disability and death ) 12.5% 1.5%
Accidents at Work and Occupational Diseases 1.25%
Retirement 10% 6.75% 0.5%
Early Retirement 0.25% 0.25%
Unemployment Insurance 1% 0.5%
Total 25% 9% 0.5%


Health Insurance

Employers are mandated to contribute 12.5% of the gross wage towards social insurance.

In Algeria, health insurance is provided through social insurance. The purpose of social insurance is to cover medical expenses and to grant a replacement income to an employed person forced to stop work because of illness or accident other than an accident at work.

Other Insurances

Accident Insurance


Employers are mandated to contribute 1.25% toward accident insurance.

Workers receive compensation in the event of:

  • An accident at work proper occurring as a result of or in connection with work or during a professional mission;
  • Commuting accidents;
  • Occupational diseases linked to activities carried out for a specified period and included in a list laid down by regulation.
Unemployment Insurance


Employers are mandated to pay 1% towards unemployment insurance.

Protection against involuntary loss of employment for economic reasons is a benefit covered by social security. Compensation for the risk of unemployment is made through the allocation of an unemployment benefit granted by the National Unemployment Insurance Fund and an early retirement whose management is entrusted to the National Pension Fund.

Public Pension

Employers are mandated to contribute 10% towards retirement and 0.25% towards the early retirement pension.

A retirement pension is granted to a worker who meets the following conditions:

  • Be 60 years of age;
  • Have worked for 15 years, including at least seven and a half years that have given rise to actual work and payment of contributions. This period is halved for mujahideen workers. At the age of 55, working women may receive a retirement pension at their request. It also entitles them to a reduction of one year per child raised, up to a limit of three children.

No age condition is required for the salaried worker who has completed 32 years of activity.

Other Statutory Benefits

Maternity Insurance


The benefits relate to:

  • The reimbursement of medical and pharmaceutical care and expenses incurred for pregnancy and childbirth;

Reimbursement at the rate of 100% of the costs of hospitalization of the mother and infant in the delivery clinics, including the costs of incubators. Hospitalization in public health facilities is free of charge;
In addition, if the parturient is an employed worker, they are entitled to maternity leave for a period of 14 weeks paid at 100% of the salary subject to contributions.

Disability Insurance


It consists of the granting of a pension to the insured person under 60 years of age, with a disability that reduces the capacity to work or earn by at least 50%.

There are three categories of invalids and pensions whose rate varies from 60 to 80% depending on the severity of the condition. This rate is increased by 40% for invalids requiring the assistance of a third party.


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