Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Swahili and English,
Onboard, pay and manage employees in Kenya with Deel.
Usually, to hire in Kenya, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.
Deel lets you hire employees in Kenya quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more. For your existing direct employees, we can manage your entire payroll operation from end-to-end.
All the necessary benefits for Kenya
built right in
Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Kenya within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.
- National Housing Development Fund
- National Industrial Training Fund
- Private Healthcare - Unisure (optional)
- Work Injury Benefits Act (WIBA)
- National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF)
- Private Healthcare - Allianz (optional)
Our quickstart guide to hiring in Kenya
Navigate the tabs below to learn everything you need to know about hiring an employee in Kenya
Minimum Wage Requirements
Individual Income Tax
The individual income tax ranges from 10% to 30%. Income tax is calculated according to progress rates and the government uses a pay-as-you-earn model.
|Gross Annual Income
|Tax Rate (%)
|On the first 288,000
|On the next 100,000
|On all remaining income in excess of 388,000
- National Social Security Fund Contribution - 6.0%*
- WIBA (Work Injury Benefits Act) Contribution - 0.91%
- NITA (National Industrial Training Authority) Contribution - KES 50
*up to a maximum salary for the contribution of with KES 36,000.
Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours
Overtime payment is mandatory for junior staff. Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. Employees can work a maximum of 52 hours per week (12 hours of overtime).
For additional hours, employees are paid 1.5 times the regular hourly salary, and 2 times the regular hourly salary if they work overtime on a rest day or public holiday.
Standard working hours are 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. The standard work week is from Monday to Friday.
Maternity leave cannot be extended.
The employee cannot extend leave.
After 2 consecutive months of service with the Company, employees are entitled to sick leave of 30 working days with full pay and thereafter to sick leave of 15 working days with half pay in each period of twelve 12 consecutive months of service with the Company.
Some employers may provide a minimum sick leave of 14 days, depending on the category of the employee.
Terminations must respect complex rules and the rules of an employee’s employment country. The off-boarding is always handled by the Employer with the primary stakeholders. It may include ad-hoc fees as well as required or recommended steps on specific termination cases.
Terminations in Kenya can be complex. There is no at-will termination in Kenya for employers, outside the probation period, and termination must be done for just cause.
Compliant terminations include:
- Voluntarily by the employee
- By mutual agreement
- Unilaterally by the employer based on whether the employee:
- Incapacity to work (for reasons relating to performance or sickness)
- By expiration of the contract
Severance for Employees
Severance pay is only payable where termination is on account of redundancy, and is paid at the rate of 15 days for every year worked.
To protect you from unforeseen financial risks arising from terminations, Deel applies a Severance Accrual to all employment agreements in this country. Deel has extensive expertise in managing litigation risk globally and our Severance Accrual calculation is based on the prevailing common-law or statutory entitlements and local best practices. In the event your employee resigns or is not entitled to severance, all unused amounts will be returned to you.
Paid Time Off
- New Year’s Day
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- Labour Day
- Madaraka Day
- Utamaduni Day
- Mashujaa Day
- Jamhuri Day
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
- Christmas Holiday
Employment Contract Details
- Training Fund Contributions - KES 50
- National Social Security Fund - 6.0%
- National Housing Development Fund (NHDF) - 1.5%
Probation periods help an employer and the employee ensure they're a hiring match, allowing a company to quickly decide if it's a fit or the employee to see if the job aligns with their career goals.
Hiring in Kenya, hassle-free
With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Kenya with our EOR solution. If you have an entity, our Global Payroll solution takes care of payroll and compliance for your direct employees. Our 250+ in-house experts handle everything from managing local laws, complex tax systems, or your payroll in Kenya and 150+ countries.
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