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Capital City

Botswana Pula (P)


CAT (GMT +2)

Employment Cost


Annual Leave

15 days

In-demand Specialties*
Healthcare , It, Mining

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Botswana

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Key Considerations Before Hiring In Botswana

Employing in Botswana requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in Botswana with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

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Good To Know

Botswana is positioning itself as a hub for global business services, making it an attractive location for companies in areas such as outsourcing and shared services.

The country's economic recovery after the pandemic and the trade effects of sanctions on Russian diamonds have been beneficial. The mining sector is expected to maintain strong growth in 2024, contributing 20-25% to the GDP.

Botswana's increasing trade surplus is fueled by rising exports in mining and tourism. Factors such as lower electricity costs, decreased imports, and stabilised international prices for energy and agricultural products contribute to this positive trend.

Botswana has been investing in technology infrastructure, making it feasible for businesses to collaborate seamlessly with remote teams.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Botswana

Employment agreements in Botswana can be oral or written. Yet, for individuals outside of Botswana or as designated by the Minister of Labour, a written contract is mandatory, including the following details:

  • Identification of both parties
  • Job title
  • Workplace and working hours
  • Starting date of employment
  • Basic salary, overtime pay rate, and other cash payments
  • Remuneration and deductions
  • Annual leave and benefits
  • Notice period for termination
  • Public holidays and compensation
  • Documents supporting employment contract

Probationary Period in Botswana

Unskilled workers can undergo a probationary period lasting a maximum of 3 months, while skilled employees may have a probationary period extending to 12 months.

Working hours in Botswana

Typically, the workweek in Botswana is set at 48 hours, allowing a maximum of 9 hours per day for a 5-day week or 8 hours per day for a 6-day week.

Overtime in Botswana

In Botswana, workers can receive a maximum of 14 hours of overtime, compensated at 150% of the standard hourly rate. Additionally, work performed on public holidays or rest days is remunerated at 200% of the regular wage rate.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Botswana

Botswana has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

1 July - 30 June

Fiscal Year in Botswana

1 July - 30 June is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Botswana use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Botswana

The payroll cycle in Botswana is usually monthly, with employees being paid between the 15th and the last day of the month.
3.8 BWP p/h

Minimum Wage in Botswana

The minimum wage for employees in Botswana is typically 3.8 BWP per hour, amounting to ~729.6 BWP per month for a typical 48 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Botswana

The minimum wage in Botswana stands at 3.8 BWP per hour.

Bonus Payments in Botswana

There's no legal obligation for a 13th or 14th-month payment in Botswana. Employers can decide on such bonuses at their discretion, typically outlined in the employment contract.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Botswana

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in Botswana's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in Botswana.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 5.00% on top of the employee salary in Botswana.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Botswana, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 4%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

The Botswana tax system follows a territorial approach, taxing income within Botswana's borders. If the income source is within Botswana, it becomes subject to taxation. The following is the individual tax rates following a progressive rate structure for Motswana residents:

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Botswana

The elderly pension in Botswana is given to people who are 65 years old and older, and they receive a monthly pension of BWP530.00. They can receive this allowance in cash from Service Providers at various pay points or through monthly bank transfers to their beneficiaries' bank accounts.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in Botswana tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Botswana

When it comes to terminating employment in Botswana, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

In Botswana, terminations don't necessitate a specific reason, allowing both the employee and employer to end the contract. Minimum notice, equivalent to the wage period, or payment in lieu, is required unless the employee is engaged in serious misconduct.

Notice Period

The notice periods in Botswana depends on the following lengths of service:

  • 2-5 years of service: 2 weeks’ notice
  • 5-10 years of service: 1 month notice
  • More than 10 years of service: 6 weeks’ notice period

Severance Pay

Botswana's severance pay is one day's regular pay per month for the first 60 months, plus 2 days for each additional month served. Managers and professional staff qualify after 60 months, but those receiving gratuity or pension at the end of employment aren't eligible for severance pay.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Botswana

The annual leave entitlement in Botswana is 15 days for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in Botswana

The following are the public holidays in Botswana in addition to the paid annual leave:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Botswana

Maternity Leave in Botswana

Paternity Leave in Botswana

Sick Leave in Botswana

Parental Leave In Botswana

Botswana's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Botswana

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in Botswana's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In Botswana

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  • Background Checks
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Statutory benefits for employment in Botswana

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Botswana

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in Botswana.

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