* Playroll continues to analyse immediate opportunities and fulfilled roles by recruitment partners, contractors and employers to identify in-demand jobs.

Capital City

Namibian Dollar ($)


CAT (GMT +2)

Employment Cost

1.9 - 8.9%

Annual Leave

20 days

In-demand Specialties*
Soft Skills, It, Business Skills

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Namibia

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Key Considerations Before Hiring In Namibia

Employing in Namibia 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 Namibia with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in Namibia quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Both government and non-government organisations in Namibia are actively working to bridge the talent gap, indicating a commitment to skill development and a potential pool of well-trained workers.

Namibian labour laws emphasize non-discrimination during the employment process, fostering diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

Namibia's population is diverse, with various ethnic groups contributing to a rich and varied workforce, potentially bringing diverse perspectives and skills to the workplace.

The Labour Act, operational since 2008, applies universally to all employers and employees, ensuring a standardized and fair employment framework.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Namibia

Namibia has a well-established labour law system based on Common Law, Case Law, and Legislation. This ensures a clear and reliable legal environment for both employers and employees.

  • Employee and Employer details
  • Commencement date
  • Duration of employment
  • Job description

Probationary Period in Namibia

There is no fixed probation period in labour law. Each employer can decide the length of the probationary period according to their preferences and needs, as outlined in the employment contract.

Working hours in Namibia

The Labour Act, 2007 states that a regular workweek is 45 hours. Employees working 5 days or less, shouldn't work more 9 hours a day. For a 6-day workweek, the daily limit is 8 hours.

Overtime in Namibia

If employees work extra hours, they should get paid at least 1.5 times their usual hourly wage. On Sundays or public holidays, it is double.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Namibia

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

1 March - 28/29 February

Fiscal Year in Namibia

1 March - 28/29 February is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Namibia use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Namibia

The payroll cycle in Namibia is usually monthly, with employees being paid by the last day of the month.
9.03 NAD p/h

Minimum Wage in Namibia

The minimum wage for employees in Namibia is typically 9.03 NAD per hour, amounting to ~1,564.39 NAD per month for a typical 45 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Namibia

The minimum wage in Namibia is 1,564.39 NAD per month, 361.29 NAD per week, 72.25 NAD per day, and 9.03 NAD per hour.

Bonus Payments in Namibia

There is no specific law regulating the provision of a 13th salary.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Namibia

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

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 1.9 - 8.9% on top of the employee salary in Namibia.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Namibia, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 0.90%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

Individual income tax in Namibia is levied at progressive rates, ranging from 0% to 37% as follows:

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Namibia

Namibia has a National Pension Scheme (NPS) for people aged 60 and above. Administered by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the NPS provides a fixed monthly pension of NAD 450 or USD 45 for eligible individuals, covering those over 60 residing in Namibia for less than six months.

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 Namibia tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Namibia

When it comes to terminating employment in Namibia, 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 Namibia, employers cannot terminate employment at will, and dismissal must be justified. Acceptable termination methods include:

  • Objective grounds
  • Disciplinary dismissal
  • Poor job performance due to unsuitability
  • Termination by mutual agreement

Notice Period

Namibia's Labour Act of 2007 sets the rules for giving notice when ending employment. Instead of notice, the employer can choose to pay the employee the salary they would have earned during the notice time. Both employers and employees must follow these notice periods:

  • 1 day if the work period is four weeks or less.
  • 1 week if the work period is more than four weeks but less than one year.
  • 1 month if the work period is over one year.

Severance Pay

When employees are terminated, they are entitled to severance pay. The severance pay is calculated at 1 week of salary for each year of service.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Namibia

The annual leave entitlement in Namibia is 20 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 Namibia

Namibia's Public Holidays Act, Act 26 of 1990, designates 12 public holidays each year. If a public holiday occurs on a Sunday, the subsequent Monday becomes a public holiday, unless Monday is already a public holiday.

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Namibia

Maternity Leave in Namibia

Paternity Leave in Namibia

Sick Leave in Namibia

Parental Leave In Namibia

Namibia's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Namibia

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 Namibia'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 Namibia

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Statutory benefits for employment in Namibia

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Namibia

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 Namibia.

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