Hire and pay employees in

Rwanda, hassle-free

Hire and pay employees in Rwanda, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Rwanda. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

The average onboarding time frame in Rwanda is 2 days with Deel.

Currency

Rwandan Franc - RWF

Capital

Kigali

Official Language

Kinyarwanda, English & French

Payroll Cycle

Monthly

Onboard, pay and manage employees in Rwanda with Deel.

Usually, to hire in Rwanda, 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 Rwanda 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.

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Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Rwanda within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

  • Public Health Insurance
  • Private Healthcare - Unisure (optional)
  • Private Healthcare - Allianz (optional)

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Minimum Wage Requirements

The minimum wage is RWF 8,600 per month. The minimum wage has not been updated since 1974.

Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax ranges from 0% to 30%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates. Multiple additional factors may impact overall rates such as the household status and the number of children.

Gross Annual Income Tax Rate (%)
Up to RWF - 30,000 0%
Up to RWF - 30,001 - 100,000 15%
Over RWF - 100,001 30%

Payroll Cost

The estimated monthly employer cost is 5.30% of the employee’s salary.

  • Social Security Contribution - 5%
  • RSSB Maternity Leave Benefit - 0.3%

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Standard working hours are 9 hours per day, 45 hours per week. The standard workweek is from Monday to Friday.

Overtime payment is not mandatory.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 12 weeks of paid leave. 2 weeks can be taken before the child's birth. The employee will receive 100% of the salary during this period, and Social Security will be responsible for this pay.

Paternity Leave

There is no paternity leave currently required by law.

Parental Leave

In Rwanda, no law covers parental leave. However, employees may be entitled to maternity leave and paternity leave.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for up to 6.5 months. This leave is paid at different rates and by different payers depending upon length:

Period Pay Payer
0 - 15 days 100% Employer
16 - 106 days 100% of base salary Employer
107 - 196 days 0% of base salary N/A

Termination Requirements

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 Rwanda can be complex. There is no at-will termination in Rwanda for employers and termination must be done for just cause.

Compliant terminations include:

  • Voluntarily by the employee
  • By mutual agreement
  • Unilaterally by the employer based on:
    • Probation period
    • Objective grounds
    • Disciplinary dismissal
    • Performance due to unsuitability for the job
  • By the expiration of the contract

Notice Period

The minimum notice period is 15 days and increases according to the length of employment.

  • 15 days notice if the length of service is less than 1 year.
  • 30 days notice if the length of service is more than 1 year.

Severance for Employees

In Rwanda, all employees who are terminated are entitled to severance pay unless terminated for disciplinary reasons or if they have been working for less than 1 year. Severance pay is 1 month of salary per 5 years of service up to 6 months of base compensation.

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

Both full-time and part-time employees are entitled to 18 calendar days of paid time off (PTO) a year. PTO accrues monthly 1.5 days per month.

Public Holidays

Rwanda celebrates 15 national holidays. National public holidays include:

  • New Year's Day
  • Day after New Year’s Day
  • National Heroes' Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Tutsi Genocide Memorial Day
  • Labour Day
  • Eid al-Adha
  • Umuganura
  • Assumption of Mary
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Onboarding

Onboarding takes 2 business days after the client signs the SOW.

Employment Contract Details

Contracts can be in English. They must be in writing and signed by both parties.

A contract must include:

  • Name
  • Start date
  • Length of the employment
  • Job description
  • Termination conditions
  • Name of employer
  • Name of employee
  • Agreed working hours
  • Probation period
  • Notice period
  • Paid time off

Probation Period

Probation periods are mandatory. The minimum probation period is 90 days and the maximum probation period is 180 days.
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With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Rwanda 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 Rwanda and 150+ countries.

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599 USD

Management fee

Group (9)

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