Hire employees in Kenya, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in

Kenya

. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

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Hire employees in Kenya No entity needed.

Usually, to hire in

Kenya

,  your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months. 

Kenya

also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in

Kenya

quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.

All the necessary benefits for Kenya built right in

Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in

Kenya

within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

Social Security
Worker Compensation Insurance

Quick Overview

Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES)

Capital: Nairobi

Official language: Swahili & English

Payroll Cycle: Monthly

Statutory Holidays

Paid Time Off

In Kenya, employees are entitled to 21 working days off after 1 year of employment. If the employee worked less than a year, 1.75 days of paid time off will be granted per month worked.

Public Holidays

There are 13 public holidays. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, then the proceeding Monday will be taken as a holiday.

  • New Year’s day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Labor Day
  • Madaraka Day
  • Eid al-Fit
  • Eid al-Adha
  • Huduma Day
  • Mashujaa Day (Formerly Kenyatta Day)
  • Jamhuri Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Utamaduni Day

General Taxation

Individual Income Tax

The Individual tax rate in Kenya is between 10% - 30% and will depend on the income of the employee.

Employer Cost

The employer cost is 10% of the employee salary. If the National Housing Development Fund (NHDF) is approved, it will increase to 11.5%

Additional information

Probation Period

The maximum probation period in Kenya is 6 months.

Minimum Wage Requirements

The Minimum Wage will depend on the industry that the employee works, it can range between KES 13,572.90 KES to KES 30,627.45.

Maximum working hours and overtime

The standard is 52 working hours per week over 6 days of work.

Parental Leave

  • Maternity Leave: employees are entitled to 91 days of maternity leave with full pay. To be eligible, they must give al least 7 days of notice and present a medical certificate. This leave is 100% financed by the employer.
  • Paternity Leave: employees are entitled to 2 weeks of paternity leave with full pay. The payment is financed by the employer.
Sick Leave

After 2 months of employment, an employee is entitled to sick leave of no less than 7 days with full pay. If the sick leave must continue, the employee will receive extra 7 days with half pay.

The 14 days of sick leave are annually renewed. To grant sick leave to an employee, a medical certificate must be presented.

Termination requirements for employees

Termination can be initiated by the employer or the employee. Lawful termination of employment  includes:

  • Termination by agreement
  • Resignation
  • Termination by the employer: the employer shall give a cause, respect the notice period to terminate the contract and handle it in writing.

If the employee did not take paid time off, the employer must pay the corresponding amount.

Notice Period

In Kenya, for full time employees, at least one month of notice period is required. The amount of notice period can increase, and must be in the employment agreement.

Severance

Severance pay is payable at the rate of 15 days for every year worked and is only payable in cases where termination is on account of redundancy.

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