Currency
Kenyan shilling
Payroll Frequency
Casual employees- Wages are paid at the end of the workday. Employees with an indefinite term employment contract- Wages are paid monthly and must be paid by the last working day of the month.
Employer Taxes
10% Up to 288,000 KES 25% Next 100,000 KES 30% Income over 388,000 KES

About 

Kenya

Kenya, located on the African continent is famous for its scenic landscape and vast wildlife preserves. Nairobi, the capital city is the only city in the world to have a National Park.

Overview

Population
54,985,698
Language
Swahili
Capital
Nairobi
Currency
Kenyan shilling
Country code
KES
Min wage
$126
Working hours
9 AM - 8 AM
Weekdays
Mondays to Fridays
Work hours per week
40 hours per week

Payroll

Cycle
  • Casual employees- Wages are paid at the end of the workday.
  • Employees with an indefinite term employment contract- Wages are paid monthly and must be paid by the last working day of the month.
Avg employer tax
  • 10% Up to 288,000 KES
  • 25% Next 100,000 KES
  • 30% Income over 388,000 KES

Taxation

Tax breakdown - Employer
  • Employer Payroll Contribution 5.0%
  • National Social Security Fund 1.5%
  • National Housing Development Fund (NHDF) levy was passed by the government but implementation is held up pending resolution of court challenges
  • Total Employment Cost 5.0%
VAT
  • Standard VAT rates are 16%

Holidays / PTO

Public holidays
  • 01 January: New Year's Day      
  • 20 March: March Equinox      
  • 02 April: Good Friday    
  • 04 April: Easter Sunday    
  • 05 April: Easter Monday      
  • 01 May: Labour Day/May Day    
  • 09 May: Mother's Day    
  • 14 May: Eid al-Fitr      
  • 01 June: Madaraka Day    
  • 21 June: June Solstice      
  • 20 July: Eid al-Adha      
  • 22 September: September Equinox      
  • 10 October: Huduma Day    
  • 11 October: Huduma  Day observed    
  • 20 October: Mashujaa Day      
  • 04 Novemebr: Diwali      
  • 12 December: Jamhuri Day    
  • 13 December: Jamhuri Day observed    
  • 21 December: December Solstice    
  • 24 December: Christmas Eve    
  • 25 December: Christmas Day    
  • 26 December: Boxing Day    
  • 27 December: Day off for Boxing Day    
  • 31 December: New Year's Eve
Sick days
  • An employee has the right to 14 days sick leave for every 12-month period.
  • The first 7 days of sick leave are paid at 100% of the regular rate, and 50% for the 7 remaining days.
  • The employee must have worked for at least two months to be eligible for this leave.
  • The employee must also be able and able to present a medical certificate.
Maternity leave
  • Women have the right to 91 days of maternity pay at 100% of their regular rate.
  • The woman must give her employer at least seven days notice when she intends to take the leave and be able to present a medical certificate.
Paternity leave
  • Fathers are entitled to 2 weeks paid paternity leave.

Termination

Termination Process
  • When termination is being considered due to misconduct, performance or incapacity, the employer must conduct a hearing.
  • An employee has the right to have a representative of their union or another employee at the hearing. You must provide a termination letter with justification.
  • Final wages must be paid on the date the employer terminates an employment agreement. T
  • he employer must provide a certificate if the employee is employed for longer than four weeks after the termination of the employment agreement.
Notice Period
  • No notice is required when the employee receives wages on an everyday basis.
  • Employer or employee must give a 28-day notice if the employee is paid monthly.
  • You can also give payment in lieu.
Severance Pay
  • Except for redundancy, there are no provisions in law that govern severance payments.
  • For every 15 days of work, the severance payment is equal to 15% of your wages.
Probation Period
  • In Kenya, the probation period is six months.
  • Employers must give 7 days notice to employees who are dismissed during the probation period.
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