Botswana - Employer of record


✔ We get your team working in Botswana

✔ We handle all your payroll needs

✔ We ensure 100% compliance for your business

Africa HR Solutions takes care of employer of record services to clients that are looking to hire workers and operate payroll without first setting up a branch office or subsidiary in Botswana. Your applicants are hired via Africa HR Solutions Botswana PEO in line with local labor laws and may be on-boarded in days rather than the months it usually requires. The individual is assigned to work on your team, working on your organization’s behalf exactly as if he or she was your worker.

As always, we guarantee 100% compliance for your business in Africa.

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Overview of Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Only 2 million people live in Botswana, making it one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Its GDP is USD 17.22 billion but declined in 2014 by 1.9%. Botswana’s unemployment rate is 20%, and its major exports include diamonds, copper and nickel, beef, and textiles.

Official public holidays in Botswana
  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Labor Day
  • President’s Day
  • Day Following President’s Day
  • Botswana Day
  • Christmas Day
Employment in Botswana

While it is not legally required to put a written employment contract in place in Botswana, it is best practice. The contract should be in the local language and should spell out the terms of the employee’s compensation, benefits, and termination requirements. An offer letter and employment contract in Botswana should always state the salary and any compensation amounts in pula rather than foreign currency.

Working hours in Botswana

In general, the workweek is limited to 48 hours, with no more than 9 hours per day for a 5-day week, or 8 hours per day for a 6-day week.

Employees are limited to 14 hours of overtime per week and are eligible for 1 1/2 times their normal hourly rate. Work on public holidays or rest time should be paid at twice the normal wage rate.

Vacation leave in Botswana

Employees are generally entitled to 15 days of paid leave per year, 8 days of which must be taken within 6 months. The remaining days must be taken within 3 years.

Sick leave in Botswana

Employees are generally entitled to 20 days of paid sick leave per year and must provide a doctor’s certificate.

Maternity & Paternity leave in Botswana

Female employees are generally entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave, 6 weeks to be taken before the birth and 6 after. The employee must present a doctor’s certificate. Employees are eligible to receive at least 50% of their basic pay.

There is no statutory paternity leave.

Taxes in Botswana

There are no payroll or social security taxes in Botswana.

Termination/Severance in Botswana

Unskilled employees may serve a probationary period of up to three months and skilled employees for 12 months. Termination of an employee during the probationary period does not require a reason. The probationary terms must be provided to the employee in writing before employment begins.

Both the employee and the employer may terminate the employment contract. Minimum notice, equivalent to the wage period, must be given or pay in lieu unless the employee was guilty of serious misconduct, no notice is needed.

Managers, administrators, executives, and professional staff are generally entitled to severance after serving 60 months of continuous employment. The payment is equal to the rate of one day’s basic pay for each month served during the first 60 months and two days for each additional month served. Employees who receive a gratuity or pension at the end of employment are not entitled to the severance benefit.

How can Africa HR Solutions help in Botswana

Our employer of record solution allows customers to process payroll in Botswana while Africa HR Solutions takes care of taxation, and compliance management matters are lifted from their shoulders onto ours. As an African PEO specialist, we handle labor best practices, statutory and local norm, benefits, and employee expenses, in addition to severance and termination when needed. Also, we keep you apprised of changes to local employment legislation in Botswana.


We keep you updated of any changes to local employment laws in Botswana.


When using our services, your new employee is productive even sooner, since he goes through a better on-boarding experience. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you have a team of dedicated employment professionals, backed by years of experience, helping with every on-boarding. Africa HR Solutions lets you focus on running efficiently your core business.


Africa HR Solutions lets you focus on running efficiently your core business.


We’ll get to you within 48 hours.