Currency: South African Rand, ZAR (Rate)
Public Holidays: 14 public holidays (see here)
Employer Taxes: 2% of gross salary
Official Language: 11 official languages, the most common of which are English (9.6%), Afrikaans (13.5%), Xhosa (16%), and Zulu (22.7%)
Payroll frequency: Monthly, bi-weekly, weekly
13th / 14th Salary: (what's this?) ****Non-mandatory customary 13th salary is generally paid in December
The notice period for both dismissals and resignations depends on the length of the employment relationship:
If the employee is terminated due to operational requirements, the company is obligated to pay the employee one week’s severance pay for every year employed. No severance pay is payable for dismissal for other reasons.
Typically three months
20 ZAR per hour
Non-compete agreements are typically enforced for periods between six and 12 months. Employers do not need to pay employees separately for these agreements to be enforceable.
Nine hours daily, 45 hours weekly
Up to 10 hours overtime per week is permitted.
Employees earning below a threshold (205,433.30 ZAR per year) are paid 150% of their normal wage for overtime worked on weekdays and 200% for Sundays. Employees cannot opt out of these provisions.
Employees earning in excess of the threshold are not subject to overtime pay, but cannot be forced by their employer to work overtime without compensation without prior agreement.