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No entity needed.

Usually, to hire in

South Africa

,  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. 

South Africa

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

South Africa

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

Local lawyers ensure you stay compliant

We partner with labor law experts in 150 countries. Easily pick from a library of localized contracts to legally onboard your international team in minutes.

All the necessary benefits for

South Africa

built right in

Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in

South Africa

within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

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Quick Overview

Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)

Capital: Cape Town, Pretoria & Bloemfontein

Official language: English, Afrikaans & multiple others.

Payroll Cycle: Monthly / Twice a Month

Statutory Holidays

Paid Time Off

In South Africa, paid holiday entitlement is set at a minimum of 3 weeks’ paid annual leave.

Public Holidays

There are 12 Public Holidays among which you will find:

  • New Year’s day
  • Good Friday
  • Boxing Day
  • Freedom Day
  • Christmas Day

General Taxation

Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax depends on many variables, such as marital status, level of income, etc. The average ranges from 18% to 45%

Employer Tax

Approximately, 1% of employee salary

Additional information

Probation Period

The maximum probation period is 6 months.

Minimum Wage Requirements

The Minimum Wage is ZAR 20.76 per hour.

Maximum working hours and overtime

Normal working hours over a five-day period are 45 hours a week, 9 daily.

Bonus and expense payments

Christmas bonuses or 13th salaries are generally paid in December

Parental Leave

Employees are given 2 days per childbirth paid by the employer

  • Maternity Leave: employees are entitled to 4 consecutive months of unpaid maternity leave in the event of childbirth, which may start any time from four weeks before the expected date of birth. Many employers provide partial payment as a contractual benefit to their employees. The employee is not permitted to work for at least six weeks after giving birth unless she is declared fit to do so by a medical practitioner or midwife.
  • Paternity Leave: There is no specific paternity leave, however family responsibility leave of 3 days per year (non-cumulative) can be used in respect of the birth of illness of a child, or as contractually agreed.

Sick Leave

An employee are entitled to  30 days’ paid sick leave every three years for someone on a five-day week and 36 days’ for a six-day week. However, up to 6 months of employment, the employee is limited to 1 day’s paid sick leave for every 26 days worked.

Whilst on paid sick leave, employees are entitled to receive their normal pay from the employer, on the usual date their salary is paid.

Sick leave does not accrue on an incremental basis, so an employee could use up their entitlement during the first year of the three-year cycle. Should this happen, the employer is not under the obligation to pay further days of absence due to sickness.

Termination requirements for employees in

South Africa does not allow at-will termination of employment for employers; contracts may be terminated by mutual agreement or unilaterally for due cause (serious cause, unfit for the role, extinction of the role). Legislation requires a written notification to the employee to be dismissed.

Additional severance pay is due in the case of an operational dismissal/redundancy. It is equivalent to one week’s remuneration per each year of service completed. Any non taken holidays must be paid upon termination.

Notice Period

The notice period is based on the length of the labor relationship:

  • Up to 6 months of employment - 1 week's notice
  • 6 months - 1 year of employment - 2 weeks' notice
  • 1+ years of employment - 4 weeks' notice

Payment in lieu of notice is permitted. An employer may not allow or require an employee to take annual leave during the notice period.

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