Hire and pay employees in

Zambia, hassle-free

Hire and pay employees in Zambia, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Zambia. 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 Zambia is 2 days with Deel.

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Onboard, pay and manage employees in Zambia with Deel.

Usually, to hire in Zambia, 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 Zambia 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 Zambia within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

  • Housing Fund
  • Pension
  • Public Health Care
  • Workers Compensation Insurance

Our quickstart guide to hiring in Zambia

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Minimum Wage Requirements

Minimum wage in Zambia varies per type of employment. Average minimum wage is ZMW 2,300 per month.

Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax ranges from 0% to 37%. Income tax is calculated based on the income of the person.

Gross Annual Income

Tax Rate (%)

First ZMK 61,200


Between ZMK 61,201.00 and ZMK 85,200.00


Between ZMK 85.201.00 and ZMK 110.400.00


Above ZMK 110.401.00


Payroll Cost

The employer cost is generally estimated at 29.38% of the employee's salary.

  • National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) capped at 1342 ZMW per month - 5.0%
  • National Health Insurance - 1.0%
  • Skills Development Levy - 0.5%
  • Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) - 2.83%
  • Housing Allowance - 20%

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Standard working hours In Zambia are 8 hours per day, and 40 hours a week from Monday to Friday. However, the working week can be extended to 6 days, 48 hours a week.

Maternity Leave

Employees who have worked for six consecutive months are entitled to 14 weeks of paid leave. Six weeks must be taken before the child's birth. The employee will receive 100% of the salary during this period and the employer will be responsible for this pay.


Paternity Leave

Employees who have worked for 12 consecutive months are entitled to 5 days of paid paternity leave. Leave must be taken within the first 7 days immediately after the child's birth. The employee will receive 100% of the salary during this period, and the employer will be responsible for this pay.

Parental Leave

In Zambia, no law covers parental leave. However, employees may be entitled to maternity leave and paternity leave and can also use Family Responsibility Leave.

Family Responsibility Leave can be used by employees with at least six months of service, allowing up to 7 days with pay to be taken off each calendar year to care for a sick spouse, child, or dependent. Employees are paid 100% pay for 3 out of the 7 days by the employer.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for up to 6 months. Sick leave varies depending on the length of the contract.

Termination Requirements

Terminations in Zambia can be complex. There is no at-will termination in Zambia 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:
    • Inefficiency;
    • Incompetence;
    • Habitual Tardiness and/or Absences;
    • Insubordination;
    • Violation of any provision/s of this Agreement;
    • Violation of the policies, rules and regulations of the Employer; and/or
    • Other causes similar or analogous to the foregoing which are prejudicial to the Employer’s interests, profitability, operations and/or efficiency.

Notice Period

In Zambia, the notice period varies depending on the length of the contract.

  • During Probation - 1 day
  • Contracts of 1 month or less - 1 day
  • Contracts of more than one month but not exceeding three months - 14 days
  • Contracts of more than three months - 30 days

Severance for Employees

Severance compensation in Zambia is applicable under the following circumstances:

  1. Conclusion of an employment contract with a specified duration: A minimum of 25% of the employee’s basic salary earned throughout the contract period.

  2. Termination of employment due to redundancy: The employee is entitled to receive 2 months' worth of basic pay for each full year of service under the employment contract. This includes any outstanding dues owed by the company to the employee, encompassing gratuity, accrued leave days, and earned salary.

  3. In the event of the employee's demise during active service: The employee's beneficiaries are eligible to receive 2 months' worth of basic pay for each year of completed service.

  4. Medical discharge: In the case of medical discharge, the employee is entitled to a minimum of 3 months' basic pay for each completed year of service.

Paid Time Off

Full-time employees are entitled to 24 working days of paid time off (PTO) a year. PTO accrues monthly at 2 days per month of service. Employees are eligible for time off after 6 months of employment. Part-time employees are also allowed paid leave of absence in proportion to the number of hours worked in a month.

Public Holidays

Zambia celebrates 11 Public Holidays. National public holidays are:

  • New Year's Day
  • Youth Day
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • Labour Day
  • African Freedom Day
  • Heroes Day
  • Unity Day
  • Farmers Day
  • Independence Day
  • Christmas Day

When public holidays falls on a Sunday, the following Monday should be observed as a public holiday.


Onboarding takes 2 business days. Compliance documents must be completed 1 day before the start date.

Employment Contract Details

Contracts must be in English. They must be in writing and signed by both parties. A contract must include:

  • Job title
  • Nature of employment
  • Commencement period
  • Contract duration
  • working hours
  • Renumeration package
  • Termination period
  • Probation period
  • Confidentiality clause
  • Over-time or off days in lieu of notice
  • Leave entitlements
  • Meal breaks

Probation Period

Probation periods are mandatory. The minimum probation period is 30 days and the maximum probation period is 90 days. The employer can extend an employee's probation by up to 90 days.

Hiring in Zambia, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Zambia 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 Zambia and 150+ countries.

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