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

Capital City

Tanzanian shilling (Sh)


EAT (GMT +3)

Daily / Weekly / Bi-Weekly / Monthly
Employment Cost


Annual Leave

28 days

In-demand Specialties*
Agriculture, Fishing, Mining

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Tanzania

Simplify hiring employees in by partnering with Playroll. Our Employer of Record (EOR) handles hiring, onboarding, payroll, taxes, immigration, benefits administration, and compliance. While you maintain control of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.


Key Considerations Before Hiring In Tanzania

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

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

Good To Know

Tanzania has seen remarkable economic growth, averaging nearly 7% annual GDP increase since 2000, positioning itself as a leading economy in Africa.

The active involvement of the private sector has been instrumental, driving employment, innovation, tax revenue, and fair competition. Transit trade plays a vital role in economic growth and local enterprise development, with the government promoting it to enhance prosperity.

Transit trade plays a vital role in economic growth and local enterprise development, with the government promoting it to enhance prosperity.

Notably, the removal of value-added tax (VAT) on ancillary transit services underscores the importance of transit trade in facilitating economic transformation and regional trade, showcasing its significance in Tanzania's economic landscape.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Tanzania

The labour laws in Tanzania mandate that all employees, excluding those with less than 6 days of employment, must be provided with a written employment contract, whether it is of a definite or indefinite nature. This contract is required to encompass the following necessary details:

  • Identification of the employee
  • Place of recruitment
  • Job description
  • Starting date
  • Form and length of contract
  • Workplace and working hours
  • Compensation and method of calculation
  • Benefits and bonuses

Probationary Period in Tanzania

In Tanzania, there is no specific legal requirement for probation periods. However, it is specified that employees cannot assert a claim of unfair dismissal if termination occurs within the initial 6 months of service.

Working hours in Tanzania

In Tanzania, a standard work week comprises 45 hours, with a maximum of 9 hours per day. Additionally, employees may be obligated to work for 6 days a week under the applicable labour regulations.

Overtime in Tanzania

In Tanzania, overtime requires mutual agreement between the employee and employer, with a maximum limit of 12 hours worked in a day. The cumulative overtime hours are limited to 50 hours within a 4-week period, compensated at a rate of 150% of the regular pay. On public holidays, the compensation for hours worked is set at 200% of the regular pay rate.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Tanzania

Tanzania 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 Tanzania

1 July - 30 June is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Tanzania use for financial and tax reporting purposes.
daily / weekly / bi-weekly / monthly

Payroll Cycle in Tanzania

The payroll cycle in Tanzania is usually daily / weekly / bi-weekly / monthly, with employees being paid by the end of the month.
222.22 TZS p/h

Minimum Wage in Tanzania

The minimum wage for employees in Tanzania is typically 222.22 TZS per hour, amounting to ~40,000 TZS per month for a typical 45 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Tanzania

The monthly minimum wage in Tanzania is industry-specific, meaning that different sectors may have distinct minimum wage standards.

Bonus Payments in Tanzania

There are no legal provisions in Tanzania concerning 13th-month salaries.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Tanzania

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

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 15% on top of the employee salary in Tanzania.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Tanzania, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 10%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

Individuals who are residents in Tanzania, excluding short-term residents, are obligated to pay income tax on their global income. The following are employee income taxes in Mainland Tanzania.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Tanzania

In Tanzania, employees aged 60 or above qualify for old-age pension with a minimum contribution of 180 months (NSSF, LAPF, and PSPF) or 120 months (PPF). Pension can also be received at any age due to permanent emigration, provided covered employment ceases.

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 Tanzania tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Tanzania

When it comes to terminating employment in Tanzania, 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

Termination in Tanzania requires the provision of a written notice, which indicates the reason for termination and the specified termination date.

Notice Period

Notice periods in Tanzania, although permissible to be compensated instead, depend on the type of employee service:

  • First month of service – 7 days' notice
  • Employees on a daily or weekly basis – 4 days' notice
  • Employees on a monthly basis – 28 days' notice

Severance Pay

In Tanzania, employees are eligible for severance pay after completing 12 months of service. The severance pay is calculated at 7 days' pay for each year of service, with a maximum cap set at 10 years.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Tanzania

The annual leave entitlement in Tanzania is 28 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 Tanzania

Tanzania observes a total of 15 public holidays in a year:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Tanzania

Maternity Leave in Tanzania

Paternity Leave in Tanzania

Sick Leave in Tanzania

Parental Leave In Tanzania

Tanzania's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Tanzania

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 Tanzania'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 Tanzania

Make your benefits package in Tanzania a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

Statutory benefits for employment in Tanzania

Tanzania’s National Security Fund employee benefits include the following:

  • Social Health Insurance
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Old-Age Pension
  • Survivors’ Pension
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Maternity Benefits
  • Funeral Grant

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

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Tanzania

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 Tanzania.

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