Expats and foreigners intending on working in Banjul should consider searching the job listings sections of local newspapers, such as The Point and the Daily Observer. These papers cover the Greater Banjul area and have regularly updated lists of available vacancies. It is simple and straightforward to apply for one of these vacancies, many will provide a website link for online applications while others will include a name and address for CVs to be sent to.
There is a great need for qualified, English-speaking personnel to fill managerial and executive roles in a number of industries in Banjul. The tourism industry is flourishing and has grown extensively over the past decade, with new hotels emerging on a continual basis. Due to this, there are several vacancies in tourism based jobs throughout Banjul, including hotel management, tour representatives, travel agents, chefs, receptionists and more. It is worth getting in touch with hotels and travel companies based in Banjul to find out if there is any available work.
All earners in Banjul, including foreign nationals and residents earning an income from a corporation based overseas, are liable to pay income tax. Employment income tax is paid through the PAYE system. Any profit or income, including wages, salaries, bonuses, sick pay, overtime, allowances, termination payments and gratuities are all eligible to be taxed. Workers who earn less than 1,500 GMD per month or 18,000 GMD per year will not be charged any income tax.
Tax is charged on a progressive scale, increasing with the overall net income amount. Tax is calculated as follows: anyone earning between 18,001 GMD and 28,000 GMD annually must pay 5% income tax. Between 28,001 GMD and 38,000 GMD, the amount is 10%. This is followed by a 15% tax rate, which applies to annual incomes of 38,001 and 48,000 GMD. The second highest tax bracket is 20%, earners who make between 48,001 GMD and 58,000 GMD per year are charged this amount. The highest amount of tax that is eligible to be paid is 30%, this applies to earners making more than 58,000 GMD annually.
All expats who intend on working in Banjul must first obtain a valid work permit. In order to be supplied with a permit for employment, the majority of applicants must already have received a job offer from a Banjul based corporation. The potential employer should register as a sponsor for the expat's time living and working in Banjul.
It is usually the contractor or sponsor who is responsible for making the application. After this, the foreign worker must provide the relevant Gambian embassy with all of the necessary documents and forms of evidence. This is likely to include a CV, copies of educational certificates and proof of work history. This type of permit is categorized as a Type B visa and is valid for one year, after which it must be renewed. The application fee for residents from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is 1,300 GMD. For non-ECOWAS nationals, the fee is 1,800 GMD.