Employer of Record in Botswana

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Rivermate's Employer of Record (EOR) solution helps companies hire remote employees in Botswana . We take care of global payroll, taxes, benefits, compliance and HR activities. So you can focus on growing your business. Our Employer of Record (EOR) solution is beneficial to companies that want to hire remote employees in a breeze. On this page you will find employment information for Botswana.

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1. Grow your team in Botswana with Rivermate as your Employer of Record (EOR) / PEO

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in Botswana , particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in Botswana effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global Employer of Record (EOR) solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

2. Summary

Botswana is a landlocked nation in Southern Africa. Its official name is the Republic of Botswana. Botswana is topographically flat, with the Kalahari Desert covering up to 70% of its area. It is bounded to the south and southeast by South Africa, to the west and north by Namibia, and to the northeast by Zimbabwe. The Kazungula Bridge connects it to Zambia over the short Zambezi River boundary.

Botswana, with a population of barely more than 2.3 million inhabitants, is one of the world's most sparsely inhabited nations. Gaborone, the capital and biggest city, is home to around 11.6 percent of the population. Formerly one of the poorest nations in the world, with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year in the late 1960s, it has since converted itself into an upper-middle-income country with one of the world's fastest-growing economies.

Humans initially arrived in the country about 200,000 years ago. Tswanas are mostly derived from Bantu-speaking tribes that moved southward from Africa to contemporary Botswana in approximately 600 AD, living in tribal enclaves as farmers and herders. In 1885, the British colonized the territory and established Bechuanaland as a protectorate. Bechuanaland became an independent Commonwealth republic under its present name on September 30, 1966, as a result of decolonization. It has been a representative republic since then, with a track record of unbroken democratic elections and the lowest perceived corruption rating in Africa since at least 1998.

Mining, livestock, and tourism are the mainstays of the economy. Botswana's GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita is expected to be about $18,113 in 2021, making it one of the highest in Africa. Botswana is the world's largest diamond producer. Its comparatively high gross national income per capita (fourth-largest in Africa, according to some estimates) provides the country with a relatively high quality of life and the highest Human Development Index in continental Sub-Saharan Africa. Botswana is the first African nation to host the Forbes 30 Under 30 list as well as the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup.

Botswana is an African Union, Southern African Customs Union, Southern African Development Community, Commonwealth of Nations, and United Nations member. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has had a negative impact on the nation. Despite the effectiveness of programs to make medications accessible and educate the public on how to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS, the number of persons living with the disease increased from 290,000 in 2005 to 320,000 in 2013. Botswana has the third-highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in 2014, with around 20% of the population affected.

Hiring talented employees in a short span is not an easy task. Partnering with an Employer of Record (EOR) like Rivermate in Botswana is your best option, giving your organization enough time to focus on other aspects of international expansions like project management and inventory management. The EOR takes care of all the compliance and legal issues while helping you speed up hiring using their knowledge of domestic employment practices and virtual onboarding tools. Top EORs also have provisions for the e-signing of documents to enable faster onboarding.

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4. Types of leave

There is no information about the types of leave for this country.

Paid time off

Per year, employees are given 15 days of paid vacation. Employees to use all of their sick days within six months of earning them. Up to three years' worth of available days will be accrued.

Public holidays

The following holidays are observed in Botswana:

New Year’s Day

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Labor Day

Ascension Day

Sir Seretse Khama Day

Presidents’ Day

Independence Day

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed the following Monday.

Sick days

With a doctor's certificate, employees can take up to 14 days of paid maternity leave. When an employee is away from work for longer than 24 hours, they must notify their boss as soon as possible.

Maternity leave

Maternity leave is granted to female workers for a period of 12 weeks. Six weeks of maternity leave are taken prior to the planned due date, and the remaining weeks are taken after the baby is born. When a pregnancy-related condition occurs, maternity leave may be extended by an extra two weeks.

Paternity leave

There are no provisions in the Bostwana law regarding paternity leave.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms for maternity leave, there are no other provisions in the Bostwana law regarding parental leave.

Other leave

5. Employment termination

There is no information about employment information for this country.

Termination process

Employers can typically cancel an employment contract by giving the employee written notice.

Notice period

The notice period is equal to one pay month for the employee. If the employee is paid on a monthly basis, the notice period is one month. If the employee is paid weekly, the notice period is one week. No notice is required if an employee is terminated for misconduct or poor performance.

Probation period

Employment contracts for unskilled and skilled workers include a probationary period. The probationary period is three months in the case of an employment contract for an unskilled worker. For employment contracts with skilled workers, the probationary period is increased to 12 months.

A probationary employment contract may be terminated with at least 14 days notice during the probationary period. In this way, the contract is deemed to have been terminated for just cause, and neither the employer nor the employee is required to provide justification.

Severance pay

After 60 consecutive months of employment, professional staff, such as managers and executives, receive severance pay. This is calculated as one day of pay for every month served up to 60 months, followed by two days for each subsequent month.

6. Working hours

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

General working schedule

The workweek is generally limited to 48 hours, with no more than nine hours per day for a five-day week or eight hours per day for a six-day week.


Overtime is defined as work performed beyond 48 hours for which employees are compensated. Overtime is limited to 14 hours per week and is compensated at a rate of 150 percent or 200 percent of the basic rate, depending on the date of the overtime. Additionally, work performed on public holidays or during periods of rest should be compensated at twice the normal wage rate.

7. Minimum wage

There is no information about the minimum wage for this country.

Botswana's minimum wage varies according to industry and type of work. For example, employees in the quarrying industry earn at least 6.77 pula per hour, while those in agriculture, forestry, and fishing earn at least 1,000 pula per hour (2019). These rates are also subject to change, and employers are advised to conduct research prior to drafting employment contracts.

8. Employee benefits

There is no information about the employee benefits for this country.

Botswana has a universal healthcare system, although many companies still provide private alternatives.

9. Taxes

There is no information about the taxes for this country.

Corporate tax

Companies in Botswana are subject to a corporate tax rate of 22 percent.

Individual income tax

Individuals in Botswana are imposed an income tax rate that ranges from 0 to 25 percent. The actual percentage varies depending on the income tax bracket the individual belongs to.

VAT, GST and sales tax

The standard rate for the value-added tax (VAT) or goods and sales tax (GST) in Botswana is set at 13 percent.

10. VISA and work permits

There is no information about VISA and work permits for this country.

Whether you're planning a trip to Botswana, you'll need to find out if you require a visa. Botswana's visa policy is fortunately for most individuals all around the globe. A total of 103 nations and jurisdictions are visa-exempt, meaning its people may visit Botswana without a visa as long as they do not remain for more than 90 days in a 12-month period.

You can, of course, locate an online version of Botswana's visa laws and regulations to find out where your country stands regarding the country's visa policy.

You will only need to worry about Botswana's visa requirements if your country's nationals are not visa-exempt. We recommend that you contact the diplomatic mission or embassy where you intend to apply for your visa. While there is a lot of free information accessible on the internet, it is not necessarily the most credible. An embassy, on the other hand, will be able to provide you with the most up-to-date visa requirements. Botswana requires all visitors to have a passport with at least one blank page and validity for at least 6 months after their arrival date. Aside from that, we encourage that you do more study.

11. Employer Of Record service terms

There is no information about the Employer of Record (EoR) service terms for this country.

Employment contracts

The names of the employer and employee

The names and addresses of the next of kin of the employee

The workplace location

Responsibilities of the employer and employee

Contract duration

Salary details including amount, payment interval and bonuses

Notice period and any conditions related to terminating the contract

The employee’s signature or thumbprint

With Rivermate being your Employer of Record (EoR) in Botswana, you do not have to worry about the employment contracts, as we take care of that.

Minimum assignment length

There is no set length for assignments. This is usually indicated in the employment contract for fixed-term employments.

Payment currency

Botswana Pula (BWP)

13.Opening a subsidiary in Botswana

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

How to set up a subsidiary

If you want to take the conventional approach and establish a Botswana subsidiary, you'll need to engage with your staff ahead of time to answer a few questions regarding the procedure. First, attempt to figure out where in Botswana you want to include. Distinct states or areas sometimes operate under different Botswana subsidiary laws, which may affect how simple or complicated it is to incorporate.

You may also form a limited liability company (LLC), a public limited company (PLC), an offshore business (IFSC company), a branch, or a representative office as a subsidiary organization. Each structure has advantages and disadvantages, therefore we suggest investigating which option is ideal for your company's requirements. Many businesses, however, opt to organize as an LLC since it provides advantages to both subsidiaries and parent corporations.

The following actions are required to establish a Botswana subsidiary as an LLC:

1. Reserving a business name

2. Registration of Companies and Intellectual Property with the Registrar of Companies (ROCIP)

3. Obtaining a business license

4. Enrolling in the Botswana Revenue Service and obtaining a Tax Identification Number (TIN)

Subsidiary laws

Learning the Botswana subsidiary laws that relate to your location and company is one of the most difficult aspects of incorporating. LLCs must have at least one director who is a Botswana resident and one shareholder of any nationality. Botswana, unlike other nations, does not need any paid-up minimum share capital.

You'll also need a registered office in the nation where you'll be working. LLCs must produce audited financial statements within five months after the end of the fiscal year and should do so via the services of a competent company secretary.

It's worth noting that the Business Names Act is one of Botswana's subsidiary laws. All firms seeking to incorporate must register their name, title, description, or style under which any corporation operates and prominently display this name at the physical building's entry. To guarantee that each registered business name is unique, the Registrar of Business Names manages a registry of all registered business names.

13. Why choose Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO in Botswana

Establishing an entity in Botswana to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in Botswana has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into Botswana simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record (EOR) solutions in Botswana give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business. Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in Botswana via our Employer of Record (EOR) / PEO solution.

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