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Hiring a remote team in a country as Uganda comes with a lot of overhead, such as compliance, local laws, taxes, etc. As a company, you don't want to worry about knowing all the local laws. Instead you want to focus on your remote team and the business. Rivermate's Employer of Record (EOR)Ā solution helps companies hire remote employees in Uganda. We take care of global payroll, taxes, benefits, compliance and HR activities. So you can focus on growing your business.

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1. Hire a remote team in Uganda with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in Uganda, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in Uganda 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. Introduction

Rivermate is a global employment solutions company that provides Employer of Record services in Uganda.

As an employer of record, we help you hire employees and run payroll services in Uganda, allowing you to avoid the necessity of first establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Uganda.

It is not necessary to establish an entity in order to hire an employee. We can hire your employee in any country with a few mouse clicks. Using our Employer of Record solution, you can have full compliance, benefits, and automated payments.

If you wish to hire a remote team in Uganda or individually hire remote employees in Uganda, Rivermateā€™s global employer of record services will make sure that the process will be as seamless as possible for you.

Send us a message so we can talk about how Rivermateā€™s Employer of Record Uganda services can best help your company!

3. Hire a remote team in Uganda

Uganda, a landlocked country in East-Central Africa, is one of the world's poorest. A large portion of the country's population is a farmer who relies on small plots of land for subsistence agriculture - the cultivation of cash crops such as coffee, cotton, tea, and tobacco. The main causes of poor economic conditions are a lack of structured organization, a lack of employment opportunities, and an underdeveloped service sector. Uganda, on the other hand, is endowed with significant natural wealth, including gold, crude oil, and fertile agricultural lands; these resources employ more than two-thirds of the workforce.Uganda, a landlocked country in East-Central Africa, is one of the world's poorest. A large portion of the country's population is a farmer who relies on small plots of land for subsistence agriculture - the cultivation of cash crops such as coffee, cotton, tea, and tobacco. The main causes of poor economic conditions are a lack of structured organization, a lack of employment opportunities, and an underdeveloped service sector. Uganda, on the other hand, is endowed with significant natural wealth, including gold, crude oil, and fertile agricultural lands; these resources employ more than two-thirds of the workforce.

4. Cost of living in Uganda

Uganda's cost of living is $574, which is 1.63 times less expensive than the global average. Uganda ranked 152nd out of 197 countries in terms of cost of living and 128th in terms of quality of life.

In Uganda, the average after-tax salary is $138, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.2 months.

Why does living in Uganda cost 4.2 times the average salary? Because we have a reference point of a developed country lifestyle, and maintaining such a standard of living in some least developed countries is difficult and expensive. As a result, living costs in Uganda differ significantly between locals and expats.

5. Cost of renting in Uganda

Uganda is a reasonably priced place to live. Though living costs vary depending on your location, the type of industry dominant in that area, lifestyle, and other factors, Uganda has reasonable food and beverage prices. Cities such as Kampala are moderately priced in comparison to towns and rural areas. The table below provides a snapshot of Ugandan living expenses.

The cost of living and house rent in Uganda is determined by your location. While overall house rent in Uganda is quite low, cities are relatively expensive. The capital, Kampala, is the most expensive city in the country. The table below depicts some examples of living costs plus house rent in the country.

6. Major industries in Uganda

Uganda's labor force is growing at a rate that exceeds 4% per year. Due to a lack of job opportunities, a large population is forced to engage in agriculture or low-wage informal sectors.

Steel production, cement, cotton, tobacco, sugar, and breweries are the main industries in Uganda that receive the most investment.

During the first quarter of 2021, the manufacturing and construction industries recovered, while the cash crop sector maintained agricultural sector growth.

The export of coffee, crude oil, base metals and products, fish, maize, cement, tobacco, tea, sugar, hides and skins, cocoa beans, beans, flowers, and other products from around the world contributes significantly to Uganda's national income.

With foreign assistance, the government aims to increase the number of productive employment opportunities to ensure inclusive growth, allowing Uganda to become a stable, integrated middle-income country.

To support firm growth and job creation in urban areas, the government is working to promote the urbanization process and transportation system.

Depending on network connectivity, the average broadband internet connection speed in Uganda is 16.27 Mbps (download) and 17.20 Mbps (upload). Mobile services offer comparable network connectivity, with download speeds of 17.85 Mbps and upload speeds of 6.24Mbps.

7. Hiring cost in Uganda

The cost-per-hire metric is critical for any organization, especially when recruiting in a foreign country. Hiring costs are the total of all costs associated with filling a position, including advertising expenses, recruiting event costs, recruitment software fees, onboarding costs, training costs, travel costs, administrative costs, and benefits.

When you hire someone in a specific city, a proper assessment of living costs is required to properly compensate the employee.

8. Employment laws Uganda

- Uganda has enacted a number of laws to protect employees' rights at work. Organizations must create a human resource policy that complies with the country's labor requirements.

- A well-documented contract establishes legal grounds and some safety nets for proper and responsible management association between the employees and the employer, as well as defines the employer's responsibility.

- The regulations that apply are very simple and ensure the employees' basic rights. The following are the key labor laws in Uganda:

- the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda

- the Workers Compensation Act 2000 (outlines the compensation to workers for diseases and injuries sustained in the course of employment)

- the Minimum Wages Act 2000

- The Employment Act 2006 (Covers the conditions of employment including, contract of service, termination of the contract, termination notices, and protection of wages, hours of work, rest and holidays, employment of women, employment of children and care of employees.

- the Labor Union Arbitration and Settlement Act 2006

- the Occupational Safety Act 2006

- the Pensions Act (provides for Pension of civil servants)

- Aside from the aforementioned laws, the National Social Security Fund Act requires employers to deduct 5% of an employee's salary and contribute 10% to the employee's savings with the NSSF.

9. Top skills Uganda

Uganda's labor market is expanding. The government is collaborating with foreign investors to develop industries. The government is encouraging entrepreneurship and private sector initiatives to develop industries in order to improve Uganda's economic situation and job opportunities. Uganda's most prominent industries are:

- Horticultural

- Fish farming and integrated aquaculture

- Food processing

- Tourism

- Healthcare

The capital Kampala has the most job opportunities. The city's workforce is highly educated and skilled. Several companies have their headquarters in Kampala. This city has the most job opportunities in the fields of:

- Banks

- Telecommunications

- Consumer services

- Hotels

- Airlines

- Health care equipment & services

- Food products

- Investment services

- Utilities

- Delivery services

- Pharmaceuticals

- Broadcasting & entertainment

- Biotechnology

- Conventional electricity

Entebbe is Uganda's capital city. It provides a variety of job opportunities in healthcare and biotechnology.

Arua is Uganda's commercial center, and it is home to the headquarters of numerous business and educational organizations. As an educational and commercial center, there are numerous job opportunities available.

Cities with a medium population and less job saturation include Kakira, Lugazi, Masindi, and Kakuuto. These cities provide numerous job opportunities in food-related industries such as the sugar industry.

Fort Portal, also known as Kabarole, is a tourism city in Uganda with improved healthcare facilities. This city has many job opportunities in the healthcare and tourism industries; positions such as healthcare provider, medical professional, sales manager, and financial controller are common.

10. Economic landscape in Uganda

According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), the country's real GDP grew at a rate of 2.9% in 2020, less than half of the 6.8% recorded in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent conditions. GDP growth is expected to be similar in FY21, according to forecasts. Uganda's GDP contracted by 1.1% in 2020 and is expected to recover to 3.3% in the fiscal year 2021. Even if GDP growth resumes by 2022, per capita GDP is likely to remain well below its pre-COVID level.

11. Market size in Uganda

Uganda is heavily reliant on agriculture and mining due to its abundance of natural resources and fertile lands with consistent rainfall. Agriculture employs more than 70% of the labor force, while government and public sectors employ only 30%. The government has implemented a number of skill training programs and policies in order to improve the job market and the country's economic situation.

12. Minimum wage in Uganda

Uganda currently has no minimum wage.

13.Why choose Rivermate to hire your remote team in Uganda?

Establishing an entity in Uganda to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in Uganda has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into Uganda 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 Uganda 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 Uganda via our Employer of Record (EOR) / PEO solution.

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