Whether you’re setting up a subsidiary in another country or growing your team, the recruitment process is arguably one of the most challenging parts of scaling a business. Hiring in South Africa can be particularly complicated since the nation has strict employment compliance laws.
How to hire employees in South Africa
Hiring employees in South Africa starts with an employment contract. This contract should be written and include particular terms such as compensation, benefits, and termination requirements. Labor laws also require that employers outline other specific details in the contract, including start date, place of work, position and responsibilities, hours, compensation, and leave. Remember that any compensation and benefits amounts should be stated in South African Rand (ZAR).
Employment contracts are typically executed for an indefinite duration. Labor law prohibits employers from using fixed-term employment contracts for permanent tasks. If companies decide to hire an employee under a fixed-term contract, both parties must agree upon its duration.
South Africa employment laws
South Africa has vast employment laws that govern the hiring process and the employment relationship. The country’s standard workweek is 45 hours. Employees who work 5 days or less per week can work up to 9 hours a day. If they work more than 5 days a week, employees will typically work 8 hours a day.
Workers usually get an hour-long lunch break if they work more than 5 hours unless a written agreement states otherwise.
Onboarding in South Africa
The onboarding process differs from company to company. Ultimately, each employer can customize the experience, but here are a few best practices:
- Establish a workplace culture before employees start.
- Introduce any training modules or other educational opportunities employees will need to succeed.
- Develop a buddy program to increase camaraderie.
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