Recruitment in Angola

Recruitment in Angola: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the monthly cost of using an Umbrella Company in Angola? 

USD 850.


What is the cost of a Work Permit in Angola?

Work Permit is $2,500 USD.

How long does it take to get a work permit in Angola?

For a full work permit the process takes 6 to 9 weeks.

What is the estimated net retention in Angola for a contractor earning USD 500 per day?

See below.

What is the estimated net retention in Angola for a contractor earning USD 1000 per day?

Really depends on how this is structured but if the total amount is paid through the Angolan payroll you would be looking at around 75 to 80%.

Read more about the work permit process.

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Recruitment in Angola can be a challenge, but you don’t have to drown in time-consuming admin just to place a candidate. You can simplify complications by using an Umbrella Company (or “contractor management company”), as long as you pick the right one.

Skip ahead to find out how we can help you place candidates faster, or simply read on to find out more about the specific issues you’ll face.

Placing a new contractor in Angola: what are the challenges?


Recruiting in Angola generally requires a lot of complex admin duties, and contractors might end up paying too much in taxes or failing to comply with Angola tax law. It’s important to know what kind of concerns you’ll be facing.

  • Double taxation: Contractors can incur a tax liability in both their home country and in Angola. Many countries have agreements that mitigate this type of issue, but whether or not you can take advantage of them will depend on factors like the length of the contractor’s stay, or the laws of the contractor’s home country. You can learn more about double taxation here (note: this info was written with respect to the UK, but the general concepts will still apply).
  • Withholding tax: If a foreign company is used to provide services overseas, the payments made to that company by the Angola client could be liable for withholding tax under Angola tax law. Find out more about withholding tax.
  • Individual taxation and tax residency: A contractor’s tax liability will often be determined by his or her residency status in their home country and in Angola. Figuring out their tax residency can be difficult and is often tied to the length of their stay in Angola (or out of their home country). Read more about tax residency and individual tax liability here.
  • Permanent establishment: Most double taxation agreements limit the scope of taxation in the host country by providing that a business is only taxable in another state if it has a permanent establishment in that state. A permanent establishment is a fixed base such as a branch, office, factory, workshop, mine or oil well. To find out how to avoid permanent establishment and unnecessary tax liability, read more about the issue.

Work permits

Contractors will need to find a sponsored work permit, which can be difficult and may seriously slow the placement process. Additionally, they’ll need a new permit for each new contract, spawning even more paperwork.

See our FAQ to find out more about the cost and processing time of Angola work permits.

Why use a contractor management company?

An efficient way to manage these problems is to outsource them to a contractor management company. They’ll act as the contractor’s “employer,” handling all of their invoicing, fees, and social security. As Angola tax experts, they also help contractors comply with local tax law while maximising the amount they get to keep.

A quicker, better recruitment process: Working with an Umbrella Company means saving time, effort, and resources. Higher earnings and a smoother transition also make contracting a more attractive opportunity, helping you place candidates more quickly and successfully.

Still, you’ll need to find the right company for you and your candidate.

How to find the right Umbrella Company?

Making sense of the optionsFor free, we match contractors with Umbrella Companies and can help dramatically reduce waiting times. There are numerous Umbrella Companies in Angola and each has its own specialties, services, and payment structures. Choosing the right one is crucial, but it can be difficult when you’re facing a bunch of unfamiliar options.

We’ve developed an extensive database of these companies. We can guide you through your options and help connect you with the best company for you and the contractor.

Get in touch: If you want straightforward, honest advice on recruitment in Angola, we’re easy to contact. Call, e-mail, or chat with us online - for free.

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Work Permits & Payroll - Frequently Asked Questions


What documentation is required for a Angola work permit?

CV, passport, medical certificate, educational certifications & transcripts into Portugese, police clearance report, yellow fever vaccination certificate, 4 passport photos.

What is the work permit process in Angola?

A Business Visa can be obtained in approximately 10 days from the Angolan Consulate, and can be renewed in-country twice. Once the applicant is in Angola then work permit itself takes a minimum of 30 days to obtain.

Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Angola?

Yes as long as you have all the requisite documentation with you.

Can we organise Business Visas in Angola?


How long does it take to process a Business Visa in Angola?

10 days once all documentation is received.

How much does a Business Visa cost in Angola?

Business Visa costs $300 USD.

Can nationals of certain countries enter Angola without a Business Visa (ex. on an entry visa or visa waiver)?


$3000 USD.

What is the monthly cost to run a local payroll in Angola?

 USD 850.

How does payroll work in Angola?


Much the same as it does globally. Your employer (the company sponsoring your visa) pays the candidate on a monthly basis, social security (8% employer, 3% employee) and income tax (which ranges from 0-16%) is taken at source and paid to the Angolan tax authorities. Candidates are able to offset their taxable income with relevant business expenses. The world bank estimates it takes employers in Angola 125 man days to ensure compliance with payroll and labour taxes each year.




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