Remote’s guide to employing in

Zimbabwe
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With localised contracts, easy invoice management, and best-in-class compliance, you can grow your team in Zimbabwe with confidence. Currently, you can hire and manage contractors in Zimbabwe through Remote, but our EOR services are not yet live.

  • Capital City

    Harare

  • Currency

    Zimbabwean dollar (ZWL$, ZWL)

  • Languages

    English, Ndebele and Shona

  • Population size

    1,66,65,409

Services available in this country:
Contractor Management
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Facts & Stats

Zimbabwe Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Harare

  • Currency

    Zimbabwean dollar (ZWL$, ZWL)

  • Languages

    English, Ndebele and Shona

  • Population size

    1,66,65,409

  • Ease of doing business

    Medium

  • Cost of living index

    51.52 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    15%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    -8.1 (2019)

Known primarily for its diverse natural landscapes and rich biodiversity, the Republic of Zimbabwe is a presidential republic with democratic elections.

Its strategic location in southern Africa provides businesses with opportunities to tap into regional markets, with Zimbabwe itself home to a well-educated and skilled workforce.

In recent years, the country has undergone numerous economic reforms and, as part of this effort, the government has introduced several investment-friendly initiatives aimed at streamlining bureaucratic processes and promoting foreign investment. As a result, Zimbabwe is an ideal location for organizations looking to expand and hire in the region.


Grow your team in Zimbabwe with Remote

Note that we are busy building our own entity in Zimbabwe to provide you with the best possible employment solutions for your employees, but our employer of record service is not yet live in this country.

To employ in Zimbabwe, companies must own a local legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solution. Developing the processes required to manage payroll, benefits, taxes, and onboarding in countries like Zimbabwe can get complicated fast, especially without localised expertise.

If you’re looking to start hiring in a country like this, partnering with a global employment solution like Remote makes it easy for your company to employ workers quickly, cost-effectively, and in full compliance with all local legislation.

In the countries where we do offer our EOR services, Remote takes on the responsibility and legal risks of international employment so you can focus on hiring great talent and growing your business.

Risks of misclassification

Zimbabwe, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Zimbabwe may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Harare, Zimbabwe

Employing in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s employment laws and regulations are laid out in the country’s Labour Act of 1955. The most recent amendment was passed in 2016.

According to this act, working hours are determined in the employment agreement. However, standard working hours are considered to be 8.5 hours per day, or 44 hours per week. All employees are entitled to a weekly rest period of at least 24 hours.

Minimum wage

There is currently no minimum wage in Zimbabwe.

Note that, in 2022, a proposed minimum wage of ZWL 25,000 (around $77) per month was rejected by the country’s labour unions.



Competitive benefits package in Zimbabwe

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “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).

We are still busy building our own entity in Zimbabwe, but our benefits packages for all countries are tailored to fulfil 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

Taxes in Zimbabwe

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Zimbabwe.

  • 3.5%

    Social security

Employment termination

Termination process

Employers must have due reason to terminate an employee, as well as provide written notice.


Notice period

The notice period depends on the length of the employment contract, as follows:

  • No limit (or over two years): three months’ notice

  • One to two years: two months’ notice

  • Six to 12 months: one month’s notice

  • Three to six months: two weeks’ notice

  • Fewer than three months (or seasonal work): one day’s notice

Severance pay

There is no requirement for employers to provide severance pay, unless stipulated in the employment agreement. Terminated employees must receive any accrued but unused annual leave pay.

Probation periods

The maximum allowed length for a probation period is three months (or one day for seasonal or casual workers). Probation periods can not be extended.


Fair Pricing in Zimbabwe

Contractor Management

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$29

per contractor/month

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Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

$50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you

HRIS

Manage all of your employees in one place

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Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app