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Workforce Solutions and EOR Services

Hire and Manage your Workforce in South Africa

The South African GDP has risen in the first quarter of 2021

The South African economy is projected to rebound by 3.8% in 2021 and 2.5% in 2022, says the OECD, but the recovery has been slow because of a new wave of the virus that has held back economic activity until now; however, growth will pick up over time as investments increase and consumption improves (due partly to last year’s exceptional savings being spent). South Africa is on the way to recovery, with its economy expected to rebound in 2021 and jobs being created. The World Bank has pointed out that electricity shortages will become binding again soon due to renewed economic activity. Commodity prices remain important for South African exports as well as imports of oil. In 2020, South Africa was ranking #84 in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index (Sources: OECD, World Bank, and SA Government).

XML employs workers for you in South Africa
Quick, Simple, Compliant.

A trusted professional employment organization with in-depth knowledge of the South African market, XML International provides you with end-to-end personalised solutions to recruit and manage remote team members for your activities in Cape Town or any other city in South Africa, regardless of the size of your organisation or your industry.

Employees will be employed pursuant to local labour laws, and all required social security and taxation will be paid to the local Authorities.

South Africa Country Information

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Cape Town

Local Currency

South African Ran ZAR

Official Languages


South Africa Minimum wage

Minimum wage in South Africa is 20,76 ZAR to 21,69 ZAR per hour.

South Africa Normal working hours

Maximum normal working hours are 45 hours per week and 9 hours per day.

South Africa Annual leave

Workers who work for 24 hours or more a month for the same employer are entitled to annual leave.
Every worker is entitled to 21 consecutive days annual leave on full pay in every leave cycle.  This equates to 15 working days per annum if the employee works a five-day week, and 18 working days per annum if the employee works a six-day week.

South Africa Sick leave

Sick leave is based on a three-year cycle.  

A worker may take one day’s sick leave for every 26 days worked during the first six months of employment and thereafter an employee may take the number of days he/she normally works in six weeks during every three year cycle.

A worker is entitled to:

30  days’ paid sick leave if he/she works five days a week

36 days’ paid sick leave if he or she works six days a week 

South Africa Maternity leave

Female workers are entitled to at least four consecutive months of maternity leave. Also, a worker is not allowed to work within six weeks of child’s birth unless a medical practitioner certifies her to do so.
The pregnant worker must notify her employer in writing at least four weeks prior to the date of commencement of maternity leave and when she intends returning to work from maternity leave.

South Africa Paternity leave

Workers with at least 4 months of service are entitled to fully paid family responsibility leave of 3 days during each annual leave cycle (12 months).

South Africa Notice Period

Notice period is based on the length of the employment relationship: 

  • 0 < 6 months: 1 week’s notice
  • 6 < 12 months 2 weeks’ notice
  • 12 months 4 weeks’ notice

South Africa Probation period

There is no prescribed limit on the probation period in South Africa. The period must be agreed with the employee in advance and be of a reasonable duration, which would be determined based on the nature of the role and duties. 

South Africa VAT

The standard VAT rate is 15%.

(Sources: Mywage.co.za)

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XML employs workers for you in South Africa

Quick, Simple, Compliant

XML International, one of the best workforce solutions and employer of record services providers for South Africa, supports the set-up and the management of your international workforce for all your activities in South Africa. Our invaluable input consists of streamlining and handling for you the complete employment lifecycle of your teams in South Africa. We give you all the keys to handle you staff in Cape Town or any city in South Africa. XML’s knowledge of South African labour laws, tax and social security system, and employment regulations allows you to tackle the challenges of local compliance in South Africa, navigate all the local complexities and avoid pitfalls.

The Best Employment Outsourcing Solutions for South Africa

Smart Management of your Employees in South Africa

Among our top priorities, compliance with the South African employment regulations and labour laws is number one. In addition to talent acquisition, recruitment services, and workforce management, we also ensure that our clients’ workforce management in South Africa is aligned with the South African tax and social security rules and the latest immigration processes, including visas and work permits.

Here is the list of our core services supporting your activities in South Africa.

• GEO Services for South Africa (PEO and EOR)

• Contingent Workforce Services for South Africa

• Managed Solutions Programs for South Africa

• RPO & Staff Mobilization for South Africa 

Do Business in South Africa, with or without creating your local legal entity

Take advantage of the targeted outsourcing solutions proposed by XML International for your expansion into South Africa or for your employees already based there. We offer a comprehensive series of bespoke and scalable outsourcing solutions specially designed for the South African market.

 They range from professional employer organization employment (PEO), employer of record, and contingent workforce employment services, to help you grow effortlessly and successfully in South Africa without any complications. We can also help you source, recruit, and onboard new team members locally, even if you don’t have an office in South Africa.

XML provides you with everything you need to start doing business in South Africa or to optimize your business if you are already operating there, leading to significant bottom-line savings and getting your business activities up and running in just days. Get in touch with the XML team to learn how we can boost your activities in South Africa in a cost-effective way. 

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