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

Capital City

Zimbabwean dollar (CFA)



Employment Cost


Annual Leave

30 days

In-demand Specialties*
Healthcare, Engineering, Information Technology

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Zimbabwe

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 Zimbabwe

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

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

Good To Know

Zimbabwe offers a diverse and skilled workforce, with expertise in various sectors such as agriculture, mining, and tourism, making it an attractive destination for businesses seeking talent.

The country provides competitive labor costs and abundant natural resources, presenting cost-effective opportunities for foreign investors.

Zimbabwe's strategic location in Southern Africa offers access to regional markets, enhancing business prospects and trade opportunities.

Recent economic reforms and efforts to improve the business climate demonstrate Zimbabwe's commitment to attracting foreign investment, making it a favorable choice for expanding operations or starting new ventures.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Zimbabwe

Employers in Zimbabwe must adhere to employment laws, ensuring contracts are in English or a mutually understood language. Contracts typically include:

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

Probationary Period in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Labor Act of 1985 specifies that the probation period should not exceed 3 months. Casual or seasonal workers, however, require only 1 day of probation.

Working hours in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, the standard workday is 8 hours, amounting to 40 hours per week. Employees have the right to 24 consecutive hours of rest each week. For non-shift workers, this 24-hour break usually falls over the weekend.

Overtime in Zimbabwe

Extra hours beyond the regular workweek are paid as overtime at a rate of 150% of the salary. On public holidays, employees typically receive 200% of their regular salary. An agreement can be made for a maximum working time of 10 hours per day.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe

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

Payroll Cycle in Zimbabwe

The payroll cycle in Zimbabwe is usually typically monthly, with employees being paid depending on the business' specific needs and purposes.

Minimum Wage in Zimbabwe

Minimum wages and salaries in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe does not have a specified minimum wage.

Bonus Payments in Zimbabwe

There is no legal obligation to provide the 13th salary in Zimbabwe.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Zimbabwe

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

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 8% on top of the employee salary in Zimbabwe.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Zimbabwe, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 7.5%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

The individual income tax in Zimbabwe is calculated according to progressive rates.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Zimbabwe

There are no mandatory pension contributions in Zimbabwe.

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 Zimbabwe tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Zimbabwe

When it comes to terminating employment in Zimbabwe, 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

Employment contracts in Zimbabwe can be terminated through mutual agreement or by employers based on specific grounds outlined in the Code of Conduct. These include:

  • Commits theft or fraud
  • Intentionally damages the employer's property
  • Is absent from work for five or more days without a valid reason
  • Lacks a skill that they claimed to possess
  • Shows significant negligence in their duties
  • Exhibits intoxication to an extent that hinders their work performance

Notice Period

Termination notice periods for contracts in Zimbabwe vary based on their duration:

  • 3 months for indefinite contracts or contracts lasting two years or more
  • 2 months for contracts between 1 year and less than 2 years.
  • 1 month for contracts between 6 months and less than a year
  • 2 weeks for contracts between 3 months and less than 6 months
  • 1 day for contracts less than 3 months or casual/seasonal contracts

Severance Pay

Severance pay is only mandatory for collective dismissals caused by economic factors like retrenchment. Severance pay is equal to 3 months' pay for every year of service.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Zimbabwe

The annual leave entitlement in Zimbabwe is 30 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 Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has 16 recognised national holiday:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Zimbabwe

Maternity Leave in Zimbabwe

Paternity Leave in Zimbabwe

Sick Leave in Zimbabwe

Parental Leave In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Zimbabwe

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 Zimbabwe'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 Zimbabwe

Make your benefits package in Zimbabwe 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.

  • Pension
  • Long-Term/Disability Insurance
  • Death Benefit
  • Workman's Compensation
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Zimbabwe

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

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Zimbabwe

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 Zimbabwe.

Playroll Immigration Support

Integrated EOR Platform

Legal and compliance experts are readily available to provide guidance and case-by-case Q&A support.

Accelerated Immigration Timeline

By leveraging dedicated support from in-house legal and compliance experts for case by case questions and more.

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