Namibia – Employer of Record

Globalization Partners provides employer of record services for clients that want to hire employees and run payroll without first establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Namibia. Your candidate is hired via Globalization Partners’ Namibia PEO in accordance with local labor laws and can be onboarded in days instead of the months it typically takes. The individual is assigned to work on your team, working on your company’s behalf exactly as if he or she were your employee to fulfill your in-country requirements.

Our Global Employer of Record Platform™ and Global PEO service enables clients to run payroll in Namibia while HR services, tax, and compliance management matters are lifted from their shoulders onto ours. As a Global PEO expert, we manage employment contract best practices, statutory and market norm benefits, and employee expenses, as well as severance and termination if required. We also keep you apprised of changes to local employment laws in Namibia.

Your new employee is productive sooner, has a better hiring experience and is 100% dedicated to your team. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you have a team of dedicated employment experts assisting with every hire. Globalization Partners allows you to harness the talent of the brightest people in 150 countries around the world, quickly and painlessly.

Namibia is located in the Southwestern Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. A large portion of the Namib Desert, thought to be the oldest desert in the world, is in Namibia, and features 1,000 foot high and 20 mile long sand dunes.

When negotiating terms of an employment contract and offer letter with an employee in Namibia, it may be useful to keep the following in mind:

Public Holidays in Namibia

Namibia celebrates 12 national holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Worker’s Day
  • Cassinga Day
  • Africa Day
  • Ascension Day
  • Heroes’ Day
  • International Human Rights Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Family Day

Bonus in Namibia

Guaranteed and performance-based bonuses are common in Namibia.

Working Hours in Namibia

In general, the work week should not exceed 45 hours, and overtime should not exceed 10 hours per week.

Vacation in Namibia

Employees are generally entitled to 24 consecutive days of paid annual leave.

Sick Leave in Namibia

Employees generally receive one day of sick leave for every five weeks of work during the first year of employment. Thereafter, employees are entitled to 30 days of annual sick leave, or 36 if they work six day weeks. Employees must submit a medical certificate.

Maternity/Paternity Leave in Namibia

Female employees are generally entitled to four weeks of maternity leave before the birth and eight weeks after.

There is no statutory paternity leave.

Termination/Severance in Namibia

In general, employees who have been terminated for just cause are entitled to the following notice periods:

  • less than four weeks service: one day’s notice
  • more than four weeks service but less than one year: one week’s notice
  • more than one year’s service: one month’s notice

Employees who have worked for at least 12 months are generally entitled to severance pay.

Taxes in Namibia

Employers and employees both contribute to social security with a 50/50 split. Contributions are generally 0.9% of earnings with a minimum monthly contribution of N$2.70 and a maximum of N$81.00 by each party.

Health Insurance in Namibia

Namibia has a public/private healthcare system. According to the Africa Health Observatory, 85% of the population uses the public system, while the 15% of the population who are middle class and upper class use private healthcare. Private insurance is available for out of pocket expenses.

Additional Benefits in Namibia

Common employee benefits in Namibia include:

  • medical aid
  • subsidized housing
  • meal allowance
  • car allowance
  • entertainment allowance
  • telephone allowance
  • fitness allowance
  • sabbatical
  • additional maternity leave

Employment Contracts in Namibia

Fixed term contracts are permitted.

It is legally required to put a written employment contract in place in Namibia, in the local language, which spells out the terms of the employee’s compensation, benefits, and termination requirements. An offer letter and employment contract in Namibia should always state the salary and any compensation amounts in Namibian dollars rather than a foreign currency.

This information is provided as general accepted information and is not intended as advisory services.

Why Globalization Partners

Establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Namibia to engage a small team is time consuming, expensive and complex. Namibian labor law has strong worker protections, requiring great attention to detail and an understanding of local best practices. Globalization Partners makes it painless and easy to expand into Namibia. We can help you hire your candidate of choice, handle HR matters and payroll, and ensure that you’re in compliance with local laws, without the burden of setting up a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our Namibia PEO and Global Employer of Record Platform provides you piece of mind so that you can focus on running your business.

If you would like to discuss how Globalization Partners can provide a seamless employee leasing or PEO solution for hiring employees in Namibia, please contact us.