Botswana is a land-locked country in the southern part of Africa, and in the 1960s was one of the poorest countries in the world. Botswana has transformed itself over the last 50 years into one of the world’s fastest growing economies dominated by tourism, cattle, and mining. With only 2 million people, it is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, with 10% living in the capital city, Gabarone.

Managing operations and payroll in Botswana can be challenging, with language barriers and changing regulations. There are many types of companies that can be formed in Botswana, with varying tax rates based on the type of company. Some labor and payroll considerations in Botswana include:

  • Botswana uses a Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) system to withhold income tax from employees
  • The standard work week is 9 hours per day, 5 days per week or 8 hours per day, 6 days per week
  • Minimum wage is Pula 6.77 per hour ($0.62 USD)
  • Foreign workers need work and residency permits to live and work in Botswana, with the employer sponsoring the foreign worker
  • Jobs need to be advertised locally for 14 days before submitting a work permit for a foreign worker

If you are managing employees in Botswana, Blue Marble can help simplify your payroll and operations. Our cloud-based technology is easy to use and provides automated updates to regulations changes. The payroll technology gives you customized reporting across all countries and currencies so you can view payroll in real-time. Our in-country experts are here to help when questions come up so you can maintain compliance. To learn more about simplifying payroll in Botswana, click here