Rwandan Franc - RWF
Kinyarwanda, English & French
Hire employees in Rwanda. No entity needed.
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.
Rwanda also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in Rwanda quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.
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- Public Health Insurance
- Private Healthcare - Unisure (optional)
Our quickstart guide to hiring in Rwanda
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Minimum Wage Requirements
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%|
The employer cost rate is 5.55% of the employee's salary.
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.
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:
|0 - 15 days||100%||Employer|
|16 - 106 days||100% of base salary||Employer|
|107 - 196 days||0% of base salary||N/A|
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
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
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
- Assumption of Mary
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
Employment Contract Details
Contracts can be in English. They must be in writing and signed by both parties.
A contract must include:
- 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
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