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Botswana

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Employer of Record (EOR) in Botswana

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Botswana Introduction

Botswana is a landlocked country in southern Africa, and one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Since its independence, Botswana has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The country has a universal healthcare system, so while private health insurance is available it is not widely used.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees in Botswana are entitled to 12 weeks of partly-paid maternity leave, with 6 weeks to be taken before the child’s birth and 6 weeks taken after. During their leave, employees are eligible for at least 50% of their basic salary. There is no statutory paternity leave.

Sick Leave

Employees in Botswana are usually entitled to 20 days of paid sick leave each year, as long as they provide a doctor’s certificate.

Paid Leave

There are 8 public holidays in Botswana, and employees are also entitled to 15 days of paid time off each year (8 of these days of must be taken in the first 6 months of the year). The remaining days can roll over for up to 3 years.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

As of 2022 the minimum wage in Botswana is BWP 7.34 per hour. The standard workweek is 48 hours, with no more than 9 hours worked each day for a 5-day week, or 8 hours each day for a 6-day week.

Employees are allowed a maximum of 14 hours of overtime each week at 150% of their regular salary rate. Any work done on public holidays or rest days should be paid at 200% the normal salary rate.

Termination Process

Process

If terminating an employee during the probationary period in Botswana, no reason is required. The probationary period is 3 months for “unskilled” employees and 12 months for “skilled” employees — probationary terms must be provided in writing before employment begins.

Both the employee and the employer may terminate the employment contract. Minimum notice, equivalent to the wage period, must be given or pay in lieu unless the employee was guilty of serious misconduct, no notice is needed.

Notice Period

Minimum notice (equivalent to the wage period) must be given to the employee before termination, or the employer can choose to pay a severance in lieu of notice. If the employee is guilty of serious misconduct, then no notice is needed.

Severance Pay

Professional staff are usually entitled to a severance if they have served 5 years of continuous employment at the company. The severance payment should be equal to 1 day of pay for each month worked in the first 5 years plus and 2 days of pay for each additional month served. Employees who receive a pension at the end of employment in Botswana are not entitled to a severance payment.

Additional Information

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OVERVIEW
Language(s):
English, Tswana
Currency:
Botswana Pula (BWP)
Capital City:
Gaborone
Population:
2.4 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
83rd
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
12%
Employer TaxES
0%
(estimated)

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How Remofirst employs in Botswana

It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Botswana get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Botswana are paid on time in Botswana Pula (BWP). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Botswana, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.