South Africa

Employment

Written employment contract including all the necessary employment details. The contract should also include Company’s disciplinary codes.

Payroll

The salaries are paid on monthly basis for work done between the first and last day of the month. Employers are required to pay the wages by the end of the month.

HR & Labor

Working Hours: Full time employment is considered 45 hours per week and 9 hours per day. If the employee works 6 days per week, their work day is 8 hours. Employees are allowed to work no more than 10 hours overtime per week, 3 hours per day.
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Overtime compensation is 1.5% the average wage paid. Employees are entitled to 30 minutes break after working 5 consecutive hours. Night hours are considered from 18:00h until 6:00h. Minimum working age is 15.

Immigration

There are 4 types of working permits that an employee can receive to work in South Africa. The permits are given for no less than 3 months and no more than 3 years. They can be extended. The permits are quota work permit, general work permit, exceptional skills work permit and inter-company transfer work permit.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is 2,230.70 ZAR

Public Holidays

September 24: Heritage Day
December 16: Day of Reconcilation
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Day of Goodwill
December 31: New Years Eve

January 01: New Years Day
March 21: Human Rights Day
March 30: Good Friday
April 02: Family Day
April 27: Freedom Day
May 01: Labor Day
June 16: Youth Day
August 09: National Womens Day
September 24: Heritage Day
December 16: Day of Reconciliation
December 17: Day of Reconciliation (observed)
December 24: Christmas Eve
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Day of Goodwill
December 31: New Years Eve

Severance Payments

The severance payment is one week of regular wages per each year worked in the company.

Advance Notice

Agreed with the employer prior to signing the employment contract.

Termination Procedure

If the employee worked in the company for less than 6 months, they are entitled to 1 week of notice. If more than 6 months but less than a year, they receive 2 weeks notice. If 1 year or more, 4 weeks notice. Employers may offer pay in lieu of notice.

Sick Days

Employee is entitled to one day’s paid sick leave for every 26 days worked during while working in the company for 4 months. After 4 months, the employee is entitled for 30 days of paid leave for every 36 months worked in the company.

Vacation Days

Employees are entitled to 21 days of vacation, which is 1 vacation day per 17 days worked or 1 hour for 17 hours worked.

Additional Employee Withholdings

1) Unemployment Insurance Fund

1) Employee contributes 1%.

Social Security

Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) - 1% (for an employee's salary up to 178,464 ZAR.

Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) - 1% (for an employee's salary up to 178,464 ZAR.

VAT

VAT is 14% standard rate.