Remote’s guide to employing in

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Make employment in Kenya easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Kenya, all in one easy-to-use platform.

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Kenyan shilling (KSh, KES)

  • Languages

    Swahili and English

  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management

Facts & Stats

  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Kenyan shilling (KSh, KES)

  • Languages

    Swahili and English

  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index

    36.30 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    5.4 (2019)

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.

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.

Risks of misclassification

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

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.

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 instalments 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.

12 Public holidays

Monday, 01 January 20241New Year's Day
Friday, 29 March 20242Good Friday
Monday, 01 April 20243Easter Monday
Wednesday, 10 April 20244Festival of Breaking the Fast
Wednesday, 01 May 20245Labour Day
Saturday, 01 June 20246Madaraka Day
Monday, 17 June 20247Eid al-Adha
Thursday, 10 October 20248Moi Day
Monday, 21 October 20249Mashujaa Day
Thursday, 12 December 202410Jamhuri Day
Wednesday, 25 December 202411Christmas Day
Thursday, 26 December 202412Boxing Day

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 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).

Our benefits packages in Kenya 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

Fair Pricing in Kenya

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $599/month

for annual plans

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors


per contractor/month

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


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


Manage all of your employees in one place


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