Country Payroll Guide Zimbabwe

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Key Facts

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Zimbabwean Dollar (ZWD)
the standard rate is 14.5%



Social Security
Social Security - 4.5%
Total Employment Cost
Total Employment Cost - 4.5%


Social Security
Social Security - 4.5%
Aids Levy
Aids Levy - 3%
Total Employee Cost
Total Employee Cost - 7.5%

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage

Zimbabwe does not have a single official minimum wage.


Payroll Cycle
13th Salary

Employees can receive a 13th month of salary, as well as performance-based and production-based bonuses.

Income Tax

Employee Income Tax (1)
0-120,000 ZWD - 0%
Employee Income Tax (2)
120,001 to 360,000 ZWD - 0 + 20% for each ZWD above 120,000
Employee Income Tax (3)
360,001 to 720,000 ZWD - 48,000 + 25% for each ZWD above 360,000
Employee Income Tax (4)
720,001 to 1,440,000 ZWD - 138,000 + 30% for each ZWL above 720,000
Employee Income Tax (5)
1,440,001 to 3,000,000 ZWD - 354,000 + 35% for each ZWD above 1,440,000
Employee Income Tax (6)
3,000,001 ZWD and above - 900,000 + 40% for each ZWD above 3,000,000

Working Hours

General Working Hours

8.5 hours a day and 44 hours a week.


The minimum overtime rate is 150% of the normal wage rate when workers have to work beyond normal working hours.


Paid Time Off

The Labour Act provides paid annual leave on completion of one year of service with an employer. An employee is entitled to vacation leave at the rate of one twelfth (30 calendar days; 22 working days) of his qualifying service in each year of employment, unless more favourable provisions are provided in employment contract or collective agreement.

Public Holidays

11 public holidays.

Sick Days

90 days of sick leave with full pay upon request by an employee. They should show you a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner to gain full pay. Female employees should also receive 98 working days of paid leave at full pay.

Maternity Leave

98 days on full pay. A female employee may proceed on maternity leave not earlier than the forty-fifth day and not later than the twenty-first day prior to the expected date of delivery.

Paternity Leave

There is no paternity leave in Zimbabwe. However, the father of a newborn baby may be able to take up to 12 days of unpaid leave.

Parental Leave


Other Leave



Termination Process

Zimbabwe’s Code of Conduct says a contract can only be terminated if the employee and employer agree on it in writing.

Notice Period

Notice of termination of the contract of employment to be given by either party shall be:

  • Three months in the case of a contract without limit of time or a contract for a period of two years or more
  • Two months in the case of a contract for a period of one year or more but less than two years
  • One month in the case of a contract for a period of six months or more but less than one year
  • Two weeks in the case of a contract for a period of three months or more but less than six months
Severance Pay

In accordance with the Labour Act, severance pay is available only for collective dismissals for economic reasons, i.e., retrenchment. Although Retrenchment Board fixed the severance pay differently depending on the ability of the organization to pay, the most usual is 3 months pay for one year of service. One day in the case of a contract for a period of less than three months or in the case of casual work or seasonal work

Probation Period

3 months; 1 day in the case of casual work or seasonal work.


Employment Visa

Provide a passport with at least six months of validity and two blank pages. They’re also likely to need a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.