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Payroll and Benefits Guide Zimbabwe

Last updated: Jun 11, 2023

Currency
ZWL
Employer Taxes
8%
Payroll Frequency
Monthly, bi-weekly or weekly
Employee Costs
7.5%
Capital
Harare
Date Format
dd/mm/yyyy
Fiscal Year
January1 - December 31
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Contribution

Employer Employer Payroll Contributions
4.5% Social Security (NSSS)
1% Training Levy
2% to 11% Workers Compensation Insurance
0.5% Standard Development Fund (applied on the quarterly gross wage)
8% Total Employment Cost
Employee Employee Payroll Contributions
4.5% Social security (NSSS)
3% AIDS Levy
7.5% Total Employee Cost
Employee Income Tax
0% 0-  300,000 ZWL
20% for each ZWL above 300,000 300,000 ZWL-720,000 ZWL
84,000 + 25% on excess 720,001 ZWL to 1,440,000 ZWL
264,000 + 30% on excess 1,440,001 ZWL to 2,880,000 ZWL
696,000 + 35% on excess 2,880,001 ZWL to 6,000,000 ZWL
1,788,000 + 40% on excess 6,000,001 ZWL and above

Employer taxes

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Employee taxes

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Payroll

Payroll Frequency

The payroll frequency can be monthly, bi-weekly or weekly.

Working Hours

General

The standard workweek in Zimbabwe is 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. Employees are entitled to 24 consecutive hours of rest per week. For non-shift employees, the 24-hour rest period is taken at the weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

Overtime

All hours above the standard workweek are paid at overtime rate. Once overtime hours begin, the minimum overtime rate is 150% salary. When an employee works on a public holiday a premium of 200% of the normal salary is normally paid. Up to a maximum working time of 10 hours per day can be agreed.

Leave

Annual Leave (vacation)

The worker is entitled to 30 calendar days (22 working days) leave after a continuous employment period of 1 year.

Public Holidays

Public holidays falling on weekends are moved to the next working day in lieu.

Date Day Holiday Notes
1 Jan 2024 Monday New Years
21 Feb 2024 Wednesday Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day
29 Mar 2024 Friday Good Friday
30 Mar 2024 Saturday Holy Saturday
31 Mar 2024 Sunday Easter Sundey
1 Apr 2024 Monday Easter Monday
18 Apr 2024 Thursday Indenpendence Day
1 May 2024 Wednesday Worker’s Day
25 May 2024 Saturday Africa Day
12 Aug 2024 Monday Heroes’ Day
13 Aug 2024 Tuesday Defence Forces Day
22 Dec 2024 Sunday Unity Day
23 Dec 2024 Monday Unity Day Holiday  Day Off in Lieu
25 Dec 2024 Wednesday Christmas Day
26 Dec 2024 Thursday Boxing Day

Sick Leave

During any 1 year period of service, an employee, upon request and supported by a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner, shall be granted up to 90 days sick leave on full pay. Extended medical leave can be requested under certain conditions.

Maternity Leave

In Zimbabwe, a female employee who has served for at least one year is granted maternity leave for a period of ninety-eight days on full pay. This paid maternity leave can be availed a maximum of three times with respect to her total service to any one employer and only once during any period of twenty-four months calculated from the day any previous maternity leave was granted. The employer covers the financing of these benefits. During maternity leave, the employee’s normal benefits and entitlements, including rights to seniority or advancement and the accumulation of pension rights, continue uninterrupted. A nursing mother is also granted time during working hours for the purpose of nursing her child.

 

Vacation Days
Public Holidays
Highest
Lowest

Termination

Notice Period

Notice of termination of contract of employment to be given by either party shall be:

  • 3 months notice in the case of contract without limit of time/a contract of two years or more
  • 2 months in the case of a contact of 1 year/more but less than 2 years
  • 1 month in the case of contract of 6 months/more but less than a year
  • 2 weeks in the case of a contract less than 3 months/more but less than 6 months
  • 1 day in the case of a contract of less than 3 months/ in the case of casual/seasonal

Severance

Severance is required only for collective dismissals due to economic reasons i.e. retrenchment, usually at 3 months pay for 1 year of service.

Probation

Probation period is usually 3 months. Casual or seasonal workers only need to be given 1 day as probation.

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Public Holidays Calendar

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Date Day Holiday Notes
1 Jan 2024 Monday New Years
21 Feb 2024 Wednesday Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day
29 Mar 2024 Friday Good Friday
30 Mar 2024 Saturday Holy Saturday
31 Mar 2024 Sunday Easter Sundey
1 Apr 2024 Monday Easter Monday
18 Apr 2024 Thursday Indenpendence Day
1 May 2024 Wednesday Worker’s Day
25 May 2024 Saturday Africa Day
12 Aug 2024 Monday Heroes’ Day
13 Aug 2024 Tuesday Defence Forces Day
22 Dec 2024 Sunday Unity Day
23 Dec 2024 Monday Unity Day Holiday  Day Off in Lieu
25 Dec 2024 Wednesday Christmas Day
26 Dec 2024 Thursday Boxing Day