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

Capital City

Zambian kwacha (ZK)



Employment Cost


Annual Leave

24 days

In-demand Specialties*
Healthcare, Agriculture, Engineering

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Zambia

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Key Considerations Before Hiring In Zambia

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

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

Good To Know

Zambia's skilled workforce, particularly in sectors like healthcare, agriculture, and engineering, reflects the effectiveness of its education system in preparing professionals for diverse industries.

With a stable political environment and a reputation for peace, Zambia has seen smooth transitions of power since independence in 1964.

Its rich cultural diversity, comprising over 70 ethnic groups, fosters seamless global collaboration and contributes to a vibrant cultural landscape.

Positioned centrally in Southern Africa, Zambia serves as a strategic gateway to regional markets, offering strong infrastructure and trade agreements that enhance its appeal for regional business expansion.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Zambia

When hiring in Zambia, it's essential for employers to adhere to labor laws and regulations. The employment contract should preferably be in English or another mutually understandable language. Typical contract details include:

  • Identification of both parties
  • Commencement date
  • Job responsibilities and duties
  • Employee's compensation and other benefits

Probationary Period in Zambia

During a probationary period, which should not exceed three months, an employee may be hired to assess their suitability for the position. This probationary period can be extended for an additional three months if needed.

Working hours in Zambia

Regular working hour is 8 hours per day, up to 48 hours per week

Overtime in Zambia

Any work exceeding the standard 8 hours per day is considered overtime and should be compensated at a rate of 150% of the regular salary.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Zambia

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

January 1st - December 31st

Fiscal Year in Zambia

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

Payroll Cycle in Zambia

The payroll cycle in Zambia is usually monthly, with employees being paid last day of the month.
13.50 ZMW p/h

Minimum Wage in Zambia

The minimum wage for employees in Zambia is typically 13.50 ZMW per hour, amounting to ~2,167.70 ZMW per month for a typical 40 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Zambia

The minimum wage in Zambia falls within the range of 2,167.70 ZMW to 3,151.35 ZMW monthly

Bonus Payments in Zambia

There's no mandatory law for a 13th-month pay in Zambia. Employers have the option to provide a 13th and 14th-month pay if they choose to do so.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Zambia

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

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 6.5% on top of the employee salary in Zambia.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Zambia, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 6%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

In Zambia, income tax follows a progressive structure on annual income, with individual rates ranging from 0% to 37.5%.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Zambia

The public pension system, managed by NAPSA, involves a 5% contribution from both the employer and employee. An individual who is a registered member, aged 55 or above, and has contributed for at least 180 months becomes eligible for an early retirement pension.

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 Zambia tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Zambia

When it comes to terminating employment in Zambia, 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 Zambia, either the employer or the employee can end the employment contract, but both parties must state the reason for termination or provide a notice period. The employer can terminate the contract for one of the following reasons:

  • Poor work performance
  • Misconduct
  • Redundancy
  • Unsuitability to job role

Notice Period

In Zambia, both the employer and the employee must adhere to specific notice periods when terminating employment contracts. These periods vary based on the duration of the contract:

  • 24 hours for contracts not exceeding one month
  • 14 days for contracts exceeding one month but not exceeding three months
  • 30 days for contracts exceeding three months, with written notice required for contracts over six months.
  • Termination can also be initiated by immediate payment equivalent to all wages and benefits due to the employee at the time of termination.

Severance Pay

In Zambia, severance pay is obligatory for most employees, excluding those on certain contracts. It applies in cases of medical discharge, contract expiration or termination, redundancy, and employee death. The amount varies, from three months' basic pay for medical discharge to 25% of basic pay for contract terminations.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Zambia

The annual leave entitlement in Zambia is 24 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 Zambia

In Zambia, there are 17 national public holidays in a year.

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Zambia

Maternity Leave in Zambia

Paternity Leave in Zambia

Sick Leave in Zambia

Mother’S Day

Compassionate Leave

Parental Leave In Zambia

Zambia's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Zambia

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 Zambia'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 Zambia

Make your benefits package in Zambia 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.

  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Workman's Compensation
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Zambia

Employers must register with the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) within a month of starting operations or hiring an eligible employee.NAPSA covers the following benefits:

  • Retirement Benefits
  • Invalidity Benefits
  • Survivor’s Benefits
  • Funeral Grant

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

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Zambia

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 Zambia.

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