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Employer of Record (EOR) in Zambia

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Employment Terms
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Zambia Introduction

Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. The country contains abundant natural resources, including minerals, wildlife, forestry, freshwater, and arable land. While English is the official language and major language of business and education in Zambia, the country has several major indigenous languages (all members of the Bantu family).

Employment Terms

Zambia's yearly minimum wage is ZMW 917 per month, and a standard workweek is 40 hours at 8 hours per day. Overtime is regulated by the employment contract or collective agreements.

Types of Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave, of which at least 6 weeks need to be taken after the birth. Fathers are entitled to at least 5 days of paternity leave within 7 days of the birth of their child.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave, the length of which depends on whether the employment contract is long-term or short-term (between 52 days and 6 months). This leave is paid between 50%-100% of the regular salary, depending on the amount taken.

Paid Leave

Zambia has 20 national public holidays, and employees are entitled to 24 days of paid time off each year (accrued at 2 days per month).

Termination Process


Employers may terminate an employment contract with just cause and sufficient notice. If the termination is due to misconduct, notice is not required.

Notice Period

The notice period varies based on the length of service at the company, and is between 1 day and 3 months.

Severance Pay

Severance payments are required in certain circumstances, such as the termination of a fixed-term contract or dismissals due to redundancy.

Additional Information


English, regional languages
Zambian Kwacha (ZMW)
Capital City:
19.5 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
Employer TaxES

★  5% - Social Security

★  1% - Health Insurance

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How Remofirst employs in Zambia

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 Zambia 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), Australian Dollars (AUD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Zambia are paid on time in Zambian Kwacha (ZMW). 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 Zambia, they can speak with our customer support team to get answers from our team of experts.