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

Capital City
Mbabane & Lobamba

Swazi Lilangeni (E)



Employment Cost


Annual Leave

11 days

In-demand Specialties*
Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Swaziland

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Key Considerations Before Hiring In Swaziland

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Good To Know

Hiring in Swaziland presents opportunities in a growing economy with a diverse workforce and strategic location between South Africa and Mozambique.

The country's emphasis on manufacturing and services, coupled with recent GDP growth of 7.9%, highlights its potential for business expansion and development.

Swaziland offers access to fully-serviced industrial sites and competitive rates for purpose-built factory structures, enhancing operational efficiency for businesses.

Additionally, investors can benefit from financial incentives such as tax allowances, low corporate tax rates of 10%, and duty-free importation of machinery and equipment, further promoting a conducive environment for hiring and investment.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Swaziland

In Swaziland, it is a requirement for employment contracts to be documented in writing, and the use of fixed-term contracts is permissible. These contracts must be written in the official local language and currency. The essential elements that must be included in the employment contract are:

  • Basic salary/compensation
  • Benefits
  • Termination requirements

Probationary Period in Swaziland

It is acceptable in Swaziland to have probationary periods lasting up to 3 months.

Working hours in Swaziland

The standard work schedule in Swaziland entails 48 hours per week, spread across a period of 6 days.

Overtime in Swaziland

Employees in Swaziland can engage in overtime work with the approval of the employer. Compensation for overtime hours is set at 150% of the regular pay rate. Additionally, individuals working on rest days will receive remuneration at a rate of 200% for the hours worked.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Swaziland

Swaziland 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 Swaziland

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

Payroll Cycle in Swaziland

The payroll cycle in Swaziland is usually monthly, with employees being paid as stipulated in the employment agreement.
2.19 SZL p/h

Minimum Wage in Swaziland

The minimum wage for employees in Swaziland is typically 2.19 SZL per hour, amounting to ~420 SZL per month for a typical 48 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Swaziland

The minimum wage rates in Swaziland are as follows: 531.60 SZL per month for domestic workers, 420 SZL per month for unskilled workers, and 600 SZL per month for skilled workers.

Bonus Payments in Swaziland

The provision of a 13th salary is not mandated by law in Swaziland.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Swaziland

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

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 0% on top of the employee salary in Swaziland.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Swaziland, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 0.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

In Swaziland, income tax is levied on all income earned within the country, regardless of the recipient's residency status. The tax system follows a progressive rate structure for both resident and non-resident individuals.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Swaziland

Swaziland features three pension schemes: the Public Service Pension Fund (PSPF), the Members of Parliament and Designated Office Bearers Pension Fund (MOPADO), and the Swaziland National Provident Fund (SNPF). These schemes are statutory and operate on a Pay-As-You-Earn basis and is self-administered.

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 Swaziland tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Swaziland

When it comes to terminating employment in Swaziland, 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

Both the employer and the employee in Swaziland have the option to terminate an employment relationship by giving notice.

Notice Period

The termination of employment in Swaziland necessitates notice periods, and the duration of these notice periods is contingent on the length of the employee's tenure:

  • After probationary period: 1 week notice
  • 1 month of service: 1 week notice
  • 3-12 months of service: 2 days’ notice for each completed month
  • More than 12 months of service: 1 month notice + 4 days for each completed year

Severance Pay

Unless specified otherwise in labour laws, an employee who has been terminated in Swaziland is entitled to receive severance pay. The amount is typically calculated at 10 working days' pay for each completed year of service after the first year of employment.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Swaziland

The annual leave entitlement in Swaziland is 11 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 Swaziland

Swaziland observes the following 11 national holidays annually:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Swaziland

Maternity Leave in Swaziland

Paternity Leave in Swaziland

Sick Leave in Swaziland

Parental Leave In Swaziland

Swaziland's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Swaziland

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 Swaziland'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 Swaziland

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Statutory benefits for employment in Swaziland

The Social Security program of Swaziland encompasses the following:

  • Old Age, Disability, and Survivors
  • Sickness and Maternity
  • Work Injury
  • Unemployment

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Swaziland

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 Swaziland.

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