Country Payroll Guide Botswana

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Key Facts

Capital
Gaborone
Date format
dd/mm/yyyy
Currency
Botswana Pula (BWP)
VAT
the standard rate is 12%

Contributions

Employers

There are no social security taxes or contributions in Botswana.

Employees

There are no social security taxes or contributions in Botswana.

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage
The minimum wage in Botswana is 3.8 BWP per hour.

Payroll

Payroll Cycle
Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Monthly
13th Salary

Not required by law.

Income Tax

Employee Income Tax (1)
Up to 48000 BWP - 0%
Employee Income Tax (2)
48000 - 84000 BWP - 5%
Employee Income Tax (3)
84000 - 120000 BWP - 12.5%
Employee Income Tax (4)
120000 - 156000 BWP - 18.75%
Employee Income Tax (5)
156000 and above - 25%

Working Hours

General Working Hours

48 hours per week.

Overtime

An employee cannot work more than 14 hours of overtime in one week.

Leave

Paid Time Off

15 days per year.

Public Holidays

8 days.

Sick Days

20 days of sick leave per year.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave, six weeks to be taken before the birth and six weeks after.

Paternity Leave

There is no statutory paternity leave.

Parental Leave

There are no statutory laws regarding parental leave.

Termination

Termination Process

The employer and the employee can terminate the employment contract. Minimum notice, equivalent to the wage period, must be given or pay in lieu.

Notice Period

One month.

Severance Pay

After 60 months of service, employees are entitled to severance pay. The payment is equal to the rate of one day’s basic pay for each month served during the first 60 months and two days for each additional month served.

Probation Period

Up to 12 months for skilled employees.

Visa

Employment Visa

The employment visa is issued to individuals who wish to travel to Botswana for purposes of employment, internship, research, work, or voluntary services. This visa is issued for an initial period of six months.