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  • Availability

    Remote-Owned Local Entity

    We own our own entity in the countries where we operate to shield your company from risk and provide you and your employees with the signature Remote experience.

  • Capital city


  • Currency

    Kenyan shilling
    (KSh, KES)

  • Languages spoken

    Swahili, English

  • Services available

    Services available:

Facts & Stats

Kenya is famous for its scenic landscapes and vast wildlife reserves teeming with lions, wildebeests, crocodiles, buffaloes, hippos, and flamingoes — like a savanna straight from the Lion King.

Beyond the incredible biodiversity, Kenya is sub-Saharan Africa’s third-largest economy. Nairobi is one of the world’s fastest-growing cities, now a thriving metropolis and a key center for trade in East Africa. Kenya enjoys strong performance in agriculture, transport, energy, tourism, and the services industry, and further growth is expected to power the Kenyan economy in the years ahead.

  • Capital city


  • Currency

    Kenyan shilling
    (KSh, KES)

  • Languages spoken

    Swahili, English

  • Population size

    47,564,296 (est. 2019)

  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index

    36.30 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    5.4 (2019)

Grow your team in Kenya with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Kenya? Companies hiring in Kenya must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Kenya on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Kenya team. You can also pay contractors now in Kenya with Remote.

of misclassification

Kenya, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time workers differently and there are risks associated with misclassification.

Employing in Kenya

The Kenyan Constitution of 2010 and the revised Employment Act of 2012 spell out provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights for Kenya’s workforce of 23.7 million.

Employees in Kenya enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Kenya.

Public holidays

Below are national public holidays applicable for all regions in this country. Remote customers have access to a detailed list of regional public holidays within the Remote platform. Sign up now to access all public holiday information.

Minimum Wage

In Kenya, the government-mandated minimum wage is defined by several variables, such as the industry an employee is engaged in, geographical location, age, and skill level.

Typically, the Kenyan minimum wage ranges from 13,572.90 KES ($122.89) to as high as 30,627.45 KES ($277.30).

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Kenya fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 2 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

Competitive benefits package in Kenya

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practicing “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Kenya are tailored to fulfill the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Mental Health Support
  • Pension or 401(K)
  • Life and Disability Insurance

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Taxes in Kenya

Learn how employment taxes affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Kenya.

  • Social Security

    • A social security deduction of 6% is still pending legal ratification.

    • In the meantime, NSSF contributions are as per the provisions of the old Act:

    • KES 200 for employer

    • KES 200 for employee

  • Employer

    • 1.5% - National Housing Development Fund (pending legal ratification)

  • Employee

    • 1.5% - National Housing Development Fund (pending legal ratification)

    • 150 – 1,700 KES - National Hospital Insurance Fund

  • Personal Income Tax Rates

    • 150 KES - 0 – 5,999 KES

    • 300 KES - 6,000- 7,999 KES

    • 400 KES - 8,000- 11,999 KES

    • 500 KES - 12,000- 14,999 KES

    • 600 KES - 15,000- 19,999 KES

    • 750 KES - 20,000- 24,999 KES

    • 850 KES - 25,000- 29,999 KES

    • 900 KES - 30,000- 34,999 KES

    • 950 KES - 35,000- 39,999 KES

    • 1,000 KES - 40,000- 44,999 KES

    • 1,100 KES - 45,0000- 49,000 KES

    • 1,200 KES - 50,000- 59,999 KES

    • 1,300 KES - 60,000- 69,999 KES

    • 1,400 KES - 70,000-79,999 KES

    • 1,500 KES - 80,000- 89,999 KES

    • 1,600 KES - 90,000- 99,999 KES

    • 1,700 KES - 100,000 KES and above

  • Personal Income Tax Rates (Percentage Rates)

    • 10% - Up to 288,000 KES

    • 25% - 288,000 – 388,000 KES

    • 30% - Above 388,000 KES

Kenya operates a dual taxation regime under which workers are either charged a flat rate on their income or a fixed percentage after they advance into certain income brackets.

Types of leave

Paid time off

After spending 12 months working with an employer, employees are entitled to 21 days of paid leave every year.

Public holidays

There are 13 annual public holidays in Kenya and if a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is designated a work-free day in lieu of the holiday.

Sick leave

After completing two months of engagement with an employer, workers are entitled to 14 days of paid leave annually, compensated at a rate of 100% of the normal salary for the first seven days of employment, and 50% for the remaining seven days.

Maternity leave

Female employees are entitled to 91 days of fully paid (at a rate equivalent to 100% of the normal salary) maternity leave, provided the mother-to-be notifies at least a week prior with the appropriate medical certification.

Paternity/Parental leave

Fathers have the right to take two weeks of paid paternity leave off work to cater to an expecting or postpartum partner.

Other leave

  • Compassionate leave: Kenyan labor law provides for compassionate leave employees can request in event of bereavement, misfortune, hospitalization of dependents, etc.
  • Adoption: Adoptive parents are entitled to a mandatory leave period equivalent to the provision available to birth parents, as well one month’s of fully paid pre-adoptive leave before the decision is finalized, provided prior notice is delivered to the employer at least 14 days in advance.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can only be terminated if a just cause is established, such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, after a hearing where the employee in question is permitted to seek representation by trade union staff, etc.

Notice period

A written notice of termination must be provided to an employee at least 28 days prior to the decision, or payment can be made in lieu of notice.

Severance pay

Severance payments are only mandated when an employee is laid due off to redundancy and are calculated at a rate equal to 15 days’ wages for every year of employment.

Probation periods

Probation periods last up to six months, during which an employer can terminate an employee with seven days’ notice or payment in lieu of notice.

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