Algeria - HR & HR Software Guide

Country Overview:

Ranked as the 3rd most important economy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Algeria is one of the few countries that have managed to achieve 20% poverty alleviation in the past 20 years. The government took important steps to promote the well-being of its people by rolling out social policies keeping up with the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. Among other notable achievements, the country’s oil boom has enabled the government to invest in infrastructure projects, and improve Algeria’s Human Development Indicators.


Algerian Dinar

Principal Language:

Berber and Algerian Arabic


Presidential System, Semi-presidential System

Capital City: 


Major Provinces: 

Oran, Blida, Annaba, Constantine, Djelfa

The standard work schedule consists of 8 hours per day and 40 per week. Employees are allowed a full day of rest each week. Work performed beyond 40 hours in a week is considered overtime and must be paid at a minimum rate of 50% above the regular pay rate.

Overtime is allowed in exceptional circumstances, and an employer may ask an employee to perform overtime work no more than 20% above the legal maximum work hours.


Employees are entitled to the following national holidays (the dates of some vary according to the lunar calendar):
  • Jan. 1: New Year’s Day
  • May 1: Labor Day
  • July 5: Independence Day
  • Idul Fitr (date varies)
  • Idul Adha (date varies)
  • Awal Muharram (date varies)
  • Ashura (date varies)
  • Nov. 1: Feast of the Revolution
  • Mawlid Ennabaoui (date varies).

Annual Leave

Employees are entitled to annual leave at the rate of 2.5 days for each month of work. Annual leave can’t exceed 30 days in a year. Employees are not allowed to waive their vacation entitlement.

Sick Leave

Employers are required to 50% of salary for the first 15 days of sick leave. The rate increases to 100% in the case of hospitalization or after the 16th day of sickness.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are allowed to take 14 consecutive weeks’ maternity leave at full pay. Employees must take at least one week’s leave before childbirth. Maternity benefits are paid by social security fund. During and for up to 18 months after pregnancy, working women are entitled to one day’s leave each month to receive medical attention and care for the child.

Paternity Leave

Male employees are entitled to 3 days’ paternity leave for the birth of a child.

Other Leaves:

  • Marriage Leave: Employers must give employees 3 days’ paid leave in the event of their marriage.
  • Bereavement Leave: Employers must give employees 3 days’ leave to attend the funeral of a family member.

Pension and Social Security

The normal retirement age is 60 for men and 55 for women. Claimants must have worked 15 years to qualify for a full pension. Benefits are based on the employment and the employee’s age.

Workers’ Compensation

All salaried employees receive coverage against accidents at work and on the way to and from work. Employees who suffer an accident at work are entitled to reimbursement of the medical, hospital, and surgical care costs. Employees who are not able to work for a certain period due to an accident at work receive compensation for the loss of income.

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