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Payroll in EtEthiopia.










Country Capital

Addis Ababa


Birr (ETB)

When you’re establishing your company internationally, setting up payroll is a critical consideration. You’ll need to ensure that your team receives payments accurately and on time each pay cycle, and you’ll also need to manage any legal requirements for compensation.

The G-P team can assist you through our established legal entity so you can focus on other aspects of your expansion.

Taxation rules in Ethiopia

Each month, employers are responsible for withholding a percentage of each employee’s paycheck and paying it to the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA). Taxation is based on income:

  • ETB 0-600: 0% tax
  • ETB 601-1,650: 10% tax
  • ETB 1,651-3,200: 15% tax
  • ETB 3,201-5,250: 20% tax
  • ETB 5,251-7,800: 25% tax
  • ETB 7,801-10,900: 30% tax
  • ETB 10,901: 35% tax

Employers will also need to pay 11% of employee payments toward the country’s social insurance system. The employee’s contribution is 7%.

Termination and entitlement terms

If you terminate employment due to employee misconduct or unlawful activities, you do not need to provide notice. However, if you dismiss workers for another justified reason, you must give appropriate notice and compensation. If you provide proper notice and terminate with justified reason, you must give these severance rates:

  • 30 times the employees’ daily wages during the first year of employment
  • 30 times daily wages plus an additional 1/3 of salary for each year of service after the first
  • 60 times the daily wages of workers’ last week of service plus the previously mentioned payments if termination is due to redundancy

A worker who terminates the employment contract due to misconduct by the employer may be entitled to additional severance pay.

How to establish your Ethiopia payroll

For some companies, establishing a subsidiary is a solution for administering payroll, as it enables the legal capacity to address requirements in the country. If you want a more time- and cost-effective option instead of establishing a new business entity, G-P provides an alternative. Companies can bypass entity setup and leverage our existing legal entities to hire in compliance with all local regulations.

Ethiopia payroll options

Companies growing internationally have several choices for payroll administration:

  • Internal: With an internal team handling payroll processing, you’ll be able to reduce transactional expenses. That said, this option requires a significant financial and time investment, as well as dedicated personnel, and your company will carry all liability for processing.
  • Payroll processing company: In many countries, you may have the option of hiring a local processing company to manage your payroll operations. However, you should be aware that you may need to pay high fees for these services, and any processing errors will be your business’s legal responsibility.
  • G-P: An Employer of Record like G-P can address all payroll requirements. You can focus on day-to-day business activities, while we ensure payroll is administered efficiently and accurately.

Streamline global payroll management with G-P.

G-P streamlines each step of the payroll management process with our market-leading Global Growth Platform™. Pay your team with confidence anywhere in the world in 150 currencies with our 99% on-time automated payroll system — all with just a few clicks. Our products also integrate with leading HCM solutions, syncing employee payroll data across platforms automatically to create one reliable, convenient source of truth for HR teams.

Contact us to learn more about how we can support you.


THIS CONTENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE. You should always consult with and rely on your own legal and/or tax advisor(s). G-P does not provide legal or tax advice. The information is general and not tailored to a specific company or workforce and does not reflect G-P’s product delivery in any given jurisdiction. G-P makes no representations or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of this information and shall have no liability arising out of or in connection with it, including any loss caused by use of, or reliance on, the information.

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