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N'Djamena at a Glance

Working in N'Djamena

N'Djamena is the economic capital of Chad, and is well known for its production and exportation of agriculture. There is always need for skilled laborers in N'Djamena, and many expats are found working in N’Djamena’s oil and gas sector. Read on to learn more about the economy, jobs, and taxes.

Local Economy

Local production and exportation of agriculture focuses particularly livestock, salt, grains, fish, and cotton. The production of agriculture accounts for 35% of Chad's 13,947 USD GDP per capita and 80% of N'Djamena's population work in farming based industries, from cultivating crops and livestock to market selling. As a result of this, the economy of N'Djamena is almost wholly reliant on the weather conditions, which can cause industrial issues. The city receives financial aid from institutions such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

Skilled laborers are in high demand in N'Djamena, and expat workers with extensive experience in a specific industry or a university degree are sought after. The oil and gas sectors in particular regularly hire employees from overseas. There are also always vacancies for foreign NGO workers, much needed medical practitioners and English language teachers.

Job Hunting in N'Djamena

Websites such as Careers in Africa and International Careers are great starting points for multi-lingual expats to browse hundreds of vacancies in N'Djamena. These job sites, along with Career Jet  and others, have a hugely varied selection of roles and industries on offer, from highly skilled labor, to leadership, executive and even volunteer work.

Many expats also find success in N'Djamena through LinkedIn - this is a handy way of making important business contacts and can often result in foreigners being headhunted. Some expats prefer to browse local newspapers for job vacancies; there is an extensive job section in the French language, city-wide paper N'Djamena Hebdo. 

Income Taxation in N'Djamena

All income in N'Djamena is liable to be taxed, regardless of its source. Any expat working under a permanent contract is likely to find that their company or employer will handle their tax under the PAYE system. This is the easiest way to arrange tax, and it is highly advised that you find out whether your new company will be employing this system.

Residents of N'Djamena will be liable to pay tax up to a maximum amount of 60% of all net income. It is recommended to seek the advice of an international accountant before moving to N'Djamena or to get more information from the Direction Generale des Impots du Chad, the tax authority.

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