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Swaziland – Employer of Record

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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 Swaziland. Your candidate is hired via Globalization Partners’ Swaziland 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.

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Our Global Employer of Record Platform™ and Global PEO service enables clients to run payroll in Swaziland 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 Swaziland.

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 170 countries around the world, quickly and painlessly.

Swaziland is a small country in Southern Africa, only 120 miles in length and 81 miles across. The country has an absolute monarchy and is home to about 1.2 million people.

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

Swaziland Holidays

Swaziland celebrates 11 national holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • King’s Birthday Holiday
  • National Flag Day
  • Workers’ Day
  • Ascension Day
  • King Father’s Birthday
  • Somholo Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Working Hours in Swaziland

The work week should not exceed 5.5 days.

Vacation in Swaziland

Employees are generally entitled to 11 days of paid annual leave.

Additionally, employees can take up to one month of unpaid compassionate leave per year.

Sick Leave in Swaziland

After three months of employment, employees are eligible for 14 days of 100% paid sick leave and 14 days of 50% paid sick leave at the employee’s base wage rate.

Maternity/Paternity Leave in Swaziland

Female employees are generally entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave, six weeks of which may be taken before the due date. Two weeks of the leave are paid, if the employee has worked for at least one year.

There is no statutory paternity leave.

Termination/Severance in Swaziland

Probationary periods of up to three months are permitted. Employees engaged to perform supervisory technical or confidential work may have a longer probationary period, but it must be agreed to in writing.

Employers may terminate employees with the following notice periods:

  • After the probationary period and one month of employment: one week’s notice
  • three to 12 months’ employment: two days for each completed month of continuous employment
  • more than 12 months’ employment: one month plus four days for each completed year

An employee may be paid in lieu of notice.

Except as noted in the labor laws, a terminated employee is eligible for severance pay of 10 working day’s wages for each completed year of service after the first year.

Swaziland Tax Rate

There is no social security tax in Swaziland. However, employees must pay a poll tax  SZL 1.50 per month in advance and in full on July first.

Health Insurance in Swaziland

Swaziland has a public/private healthcare system. 80% of the population consults traditional healers for medical attention.

Employment Contracts in Swaziland

Fixed-term contracts are permitted.

It is legally required to put a written employment contract in place in Swaziland, 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 Swaziland should always state the salary and any compensation amounts in Swazi lilangeni rather than a foreign currency.

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

Why Globalization Partners

Establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Swaziland to engage a small team is time-consuming, expensive and complex. Labor law in Swaziland 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 Swaziland. 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 Swaziland PEO and Global Employer of Record Platform provides you peace 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 Swaziland, please contact us.


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