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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

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