South Africa

Currency
South African rand (ZAR)
Payroll Frequency
Monthly, bi-weekly or weekly
Employer Taxes
2%

About 

South Africa

Located at the southernmost end of the African continent, South Africa is the second-largest economy in Africa. Sometimes referred to as "the Rainbow Nation" on account of its ethnic diversity, South Africa also has the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in Africa.

Overview

Population
60,142,978
Language
Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Sotho, Northern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital
Pretoria, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein
Currency
South African rand (ZAR)
Country code
+27
Min wage
21.69 ZAR an hour
Working hours
9 hours per day
Weekdays
Monday to Friday
Work hours per week
45 hours per week

Payroll

Cycle

Monthly, bi-weekly, weekly

Avg employer tax

2%

Taxation

Tax breakdown - Employer
  • Skills Development Levy: 1%
  • Unemployment insurance: 1%
VAT

15%

Holidays / PTO

Public holidays in 2024
  • 1 Jan: New Year's Day
  • 21 Mar: Human Rights Day
  • 15 Apr: Good Friday
  • 18 Apr: Family Day
  • 27 Apr: Freedom Day
  • 1 May: Workers' Day
  • 2 May: Workers' Day Holiday
  • 16 Jun: Youth Day
  • 9 Aug: National Women's Day
  • 24 Sep: Heritage Day
  • 16 Dec: Day of Reconciliation
  • 25 Dec: Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec: Day of Goodwill
Sick days

Paid sick leave entitlement (100% of salary) runs in three-year cycles and is determined by length of service and number of working days:

  • 0-6 months - 1 day of paid sick leave for every 26 days worked.
  • 7 months+ -  30 days of paid sick leave if working a five-day week, 36 days if working a six–day work week.
  • 33 days if working Monday to Friday plus a Saturday every fortnight.
  • Employees are not entitled to any paid sick leave if they work under 24 hours per month.
  • None of the above allowances can be exceeded in a three-year period. At the end of each three years, the cycle resets, and employees can access their full quota of paid sick leave days again.
  • In the event of absences of over two consecutive days, employees must present medical certificates.
Maternity leave

Pregnant employees who work over 24 hours per month can take four months of maternity leave (unpaid). Maternity leave can start anytime from four weeks prior to the due date. Employees who have just given birth cannot return to work for six weeks. Mothers who have contributed to social security are entitled to up to 60% of their salary as a maternity benefit payment.

Paternity leave

South Africa makes no statutory provision for paternity leave, although new fathers are entitled to up to 10 days' unpaid parental leave.

Termination

Termination Process

Termination processes vary according to the type of contract, the reasons for termination, the employment agreement, and any collective agreements that may be in place.

Notice Period

Notice periods are generally determined by how long the employee has been with their employer:

  • 0 – 6 months: 1 weeks’ notice
  • 6 months to 1 year: 2 weeks’ notice
  • 1 year to 4 years: 4 weeks’ notice
Severance Pay

Employees in South Africa typically receive one week of severance pay for each year of service, unless their contract is being ended on account of misconduct or inadequate performance.

Probation Period

Typical probation periods in South Africa are three months. However, the exact length of such a period is normally determined by the employment contract.

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Employer cost
Total monthly cost of employment
GBP 9,633
Gross monthly salary costs
GBP 8,334
Estimated taxes and contributions
GBP 8,334
Employee cost
Net monthly salary
GBP 5,137
Gross monthly salary
GBP 8,334
Estimated taxes & social security
GBP 8,334
Employer cost
Total yearly cost of employment
GBP 9,633
Gross yearly salary costs
GBP 8,334
Estimated taxes and contributions
GBP 8,334
Employee cost
Net yearly salary
GBP 5,137
Gross yearly salary
GBP 8,334
Estimated taxes & social security
GBP 8,334
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South Africa

Currency
South African rand (ZAR)
Payroll Frequency
Monthly, bi-weekly or weekly
Employer Taxes
2%

About 

South Africa

Located at the southernmost end of the African continent, South Africa is the second-largest economy in Africa. Sometimes referred to as "the Rainbow Nation" on account of its ethnic diversity, South Africa also has the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in Africa.

Overview

Population
60,142,978
Language
Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Sotho, Northern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital
Pretoria, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein
Currency
South African rand (ZAR)
Country code
+27
Min wage
21.69 ZAR an hour
Working hours
9 hours per day
Weekdays
Monday to Friday
Work hours per week
45 hours per week

Payroll

Cycle

Monthly, bi-weekly, weekly

Avg employer tax

2%

Taxation

Tax breakdown - Employer
  • Skills Development Levy: 1%
  • Unemployment insurance: 1%
VAT

15%

Holidays / PTO

Public holidays
  • 1 Jan: New Year's Day
  • 21 Mar: Human Rights Day
  • 15 Apr: Good Friday
  • 18 Apr: Family Day
  • 27 Apr: Freedom Day
  • 1 May: Workers' Day
  • 2 May: Workers' Day Holiday
  • 16 Jun: Youth Day
  • 9 Aug: National Women's Day
  • 24 Sep: Heritage Day
  • 16 Dec: Day of Reconciliation
  • 25 Dec: Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec: Day of Goodwill
Sick days

Paid sick leave entitlement (100% of salary) runs in three-year cycles and is determined by length of service and number of working days:

  • 0-6 months - 1 day of paid sick leave for every 26 days worked.
  • 7 months+ -  30 days of paid sick leave if working a five-day week, 36 days if working a six–day work week.
  • 33 days if working Monday to Friday plus a Saturday every fortnight.
  • Employees are not entitled to any paid sick leave if they work under 24 hours per month.
  • None of the above allowances can be exceeded in a three-year period. At the end of each three years, the cycle resets, and employees can access their full quota of paid sick leave days again.
  • In the event of absences of over two consecutive days, employees must present medical certificates.
Maternity leave

Pregnant employees who work over 24 hours per month can take four months of maternity leave (unpaid). Maternity leave can start anytime from four weeks prior to the due date. Employees who have just given birth cannot return to work for six weeks. Mothers who have contributed to social security are entitled to up to 60% of their salary as a maternity benefit payment.

Paternity leave

South Africa makes no statutory provision for paternity leave, although new fathers are entitled to up to 10 days' unpaid parental leave.

Termination

Termination Process

Termination processes vary according to the type of contract, the reasons for termination, the employment agreement, and any collective agreements that may be in place.

Notice Period

Notice periods are generally determined by how long the employee has been with their employer:

  • 0 – 6 months: 1 weeks’ notice
  • 6 months to 1 year: 2 weeks’ notice
  • 1 year to 4 years: 4 weeks’ notice
Severance Pay

Employees in South Africa typically receive one week of severance pay for each year of service, unless their contract is being ended on account of misconduct or inadequate performance.

Probation Period

Typical probation periods in South Africa are three months. However, the exact length of such a period is normally determined by the employment contract.

Tax Calculation

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Top Countries
Employer cost
Total monthly cost of employment
GBP 9,633
Gross monthly salary costs
GBP 8,334
Estimated taxes and contributions
GBP 8,334
Employee cost
Net monthly salary
GBP 5,137
Gross monthly salary
GBP 8,334
Estimated taxes & social security
GBP 8,334
Employer cost
Total yearly cost of employment
GBP 9,633
Gross yearly salary costs
GBP 8,334
Estimated taxes and contributions
GBP 8,334
Employee cost
Net yearly salary
GBP 5,137
Gross yearly salary
GBP 8,334
Estimated taxes & social security
GBP 8,334
Request a detailed quotation