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

Capital City

Rwandan Franc (Fr)


CAT (GMT +2)

Employment Cost


Annual Leave

18 days

In-demand Specialties*
Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Rwanda

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Key Considerations Before Hiring In Rwanda

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

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Good To Know

Hiring in Rwanda offers several advantages due to its rapidly improving business environment and favorable rankings in global reports.

With successful reform efforts, Rwanda provides a competitive landscape for businesses seeking to establish a presence in Africa.

The country has seen significant growth in investments, indicating opportunities for expansion and development.

Additionally, Rwanda's young and dynamic workforce, coupled with government support for entrepreneurship and innovation, further enhances its appeal as a destination for hiring and investment.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Rwanda

Rwandan employees must receive a written employment contract in the local language, whether it's a fixed-term or indefinite-term agreement. Salaries and compensation must be in Rwandan Francs, not in foreign currency. The contract should include at least the following details:

  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Termination requirements

Probationary Period in Rwanda

In Rwanda, probationary periods cannot exceed 6 months.

Working hours in Rwanda

The official working hours in Rwanda are 8 hours for a 5-day workweek. This includes a flexible hour between 8 am and 9 am to accommodate remote work.

Overtime in Rwanda

Any work exceeding the standard weekly working hours in Rwanda is considered overtime and must be compensated accordingly. The regulations for overtime pay are typically outlined in a collective labour convention or agreement.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Rwanda

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

1 January - 31 December

Fiscal Year in Rwanda

1 January - 31 December is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Rwanda use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Rwanda

The payroll cycle in Rwanda is usually monthly, with employees being paid within 7 days of the end of wage period.
12.50 RWF p/h

Minimum Wage in Rwanda

The minimum wage for employees in Rwanda is typically 12.50 RWF per hour, amounting to ~2,000 RWF per month for a typical 40 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Rwanda

Rwanda does not have a national minimum wage, but a daily minimum wage of 100 RWF is established by a 1973 law. However, in practice, employees often receive higher wages. The specific salary for each professional category is typically determined through a collective labour convention or agreement.

Bonus Payments in Rwanda

Rwanda does not have a statutory requirement for providing a 13th salary.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Rwanda

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

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 12.8% on top of the employee salary in Rwanda.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Rwanda, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 11.3%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

Income tax in Rwanda follows a progressive rate structure. The overall tax rates may be influenced by various factors, including household status and the number of children.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Rwanda

Rwanda's public pension scheme, the Caisse Sociale du Rwanda (CSR) or the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), is managed by a public agency. Both employers and employees, regardless of whether they work in the public or private sector, contribute to the NSSF.

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 Rwanda tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Rwanda

When it comes to terminating employment in Rwanda, 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

Terminations in Rwanda are not conducted on an at-will basis for employers, and they must be justified with just cause. Compliant terminations may include:

  • Voluntary employee resignation
  • Mutual agreement
  • Unilateral employer decision (based on probation period, objective reasons, disciplinary dismissal, or unsuitability for the job)
  • Contract expiration

Notice Period

In Rwanda, the statutory notice period for employees is 15 days' notice during the first year of service, and this period extends to one month after completing one year of service.

Severance Pay

In Rwanda, severance pay is determined based on the duration of employment:

  • Less than 5 years of service: 1 month salary
  • 5-10 years of service: 2 months’ salary
  • 10-15 years of service: 3 months’ salary
  • 15-20 years of service: 4 months’ salary
  • 20-25 years of service: 5 months’ salary
  • More than 25 years of service: 6 months’ salary

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Rwanda

The annual leave entitlement in Rwanda is 18 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 Rwanda

Rwanda observes 13 mandatory national holidays, in addition to annual leave:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Rwanda

Maternity Leave in Rwanda

Paternity Leave in Rwanda

Sick Leave in Rwanda

Parental Leave In Rwanda

Rwanda's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Rwanda

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 Rwanda'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 Rwanda

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Statutory benefits for employment in Rwanda

Rwanda offers the following employment benefits:

  • Public Health Insurance
  • Social Security

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Rwanda within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Rwanda create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Rwanda

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 Rwanda.

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