South African Rand
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1.00% - Skills Developemnt Levy (SDL)
1.00% - Unemployment
18% - Up to 195,850
35,253 + 26% taxable income above 195,850 - 195,850 - 305,850
305,850 + 31% taxable income above 305,850 - 305,850 - 423,300
100,263 + 36% taxable income above 423,300 - 423,300 - 555,600
147,891 + 39% taxable income above 555,600 - 555,600 - 708,310
207,448 + 41% taxable income above 708,310 - 708,310 - 1,500,000
532,041 + 45% taxable income above 1,500,000 - Above 1,500,000

Minimum Wage


Typically, minimum wage in South Africa is 20 ZAR an hour.  The minimum wage is subject to change based on the hours worked.  In addition, there are some types of work where the minimum wage is 15 ZAR per hour.

Working Hours

Full-time employmnet is considered 45 hours weekly, and 9 hours daily. * This amount is subject to contractual agreement, and oftentimes is less).
Overtime is voluntary and must be agreed upon by employer and employee in advance. The max overtime allowance is 3 hours daily or 10 hours in one week.



15% standard rate.


Payroll Frequency

The payroll cycle can be done monthly, weekly, or bi-weekly.   

Mandatory Benefits

Pension Fund

27.5% of workers wage is contributed to the pension funds.

Social Security

In South Africa, there are no social security contributions.

Unemployment Insurance

In South Africa, the amount of the contribution due by an employee and employer to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is 1% of the remuneration.  The maximum earnings ceiling is 14,872 ZAR per month or 178,464 ZAR annually. For employees who earn more than this amount, the contribution is calculated using the maximum earnings ceiling amount. The maximum contribution which can be deducted, for employees who earn more than 14,872 ZAR per month, is 148.72 ZAR per month.


Pay Date

There is no set pay date in South Africa, this typically is something that the employee and employer come to an agreement on.

Working Hours

According to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), the maximum normal working time allowed is 45 hours weekly.

Overtime Payment

Overtime is voluntary and may only be worked if there is an agreement set between the employer and employee. If agreed on, overtime is paid at 150% of the normal rate. For Sunday and public holidays, the rate for overtime is 200% the normal rate.  


Termination Process

In South Africa, employers are not able to terminate an employee at will, but can be dismissed for the following:

  • Misconduct– usually given without notice
  • Incapacity (health or poor performance)- termination due to poor performance is usually given after the employee receives an opportunity to meet his or her performance standards.
  • Operational requirements of the company

When the employee and employer would like to separate amicably, a separation agreement is common. 

Advance Notice

Both the employee and employer must follow the same notice period based on the length of the employment relationship:

  • 6 months or less – 1 weeks’ notice
  • 6- less than 1 year – 2 weeks’ notice
  • More than 1 year- 4 weeks’ notice

For farm and domestic employees, the above notice periods must be followed and may not be shortened. 

It is possible, however, to shorten the notice of 4 weeks to no less than 2 if stated under a collective bargaining agreement for other types of employees. 

Severance Pay

If the employee is terminated due to poor performance or misconduct, the employee is not entitled to pay severance pay.

If the employee is terminated due to operational requirements, the company is obligated to pay the employee one week’s severance pay for ever year employed.