Global PEO Services (GPS) helps companies hire employees in Botswana without establishing a legal entity. All human resources, benefits, payroll, and tax needs for the employees are managed by the Global PEO, while the new hires and headquarter teams focus on your business goals.
When hiring employees in Botswana, establishing a subsidiary or branch office is not always the best route, as it’s often a lengthy and expensive process. Hiring via a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), or Employer of Record (EOR), is a faster and often more effective option – especially when starting up in a new country.
Global PEO Services hires the employees on your behalf, legally contracting them through our subsidiary in accordance with Botswana labor laws. As a result, the burden of compliance is on us and the employees can begin work for your company in a matter of days. PEOs/EORs provide you with a streamlined option for hiring employees, testing markets, and responding to growing business needs in Botswana. With Global PEO Services, you get control without taking on legal entity liabilities, contractor risks, or sacrificing on talent or speed to market.
Botswana - Country Overview
Botswana is ranked among the world’s fastest growing economies, averaging 5% per year over the past decade. Diamond mining currently accounts for a quarter of GDP, around 85% of export revenues, and approximately one-third of the government’s revenues. Tourism is the 2nd largest contributor to foreign exchange reserves. Botswana has benefited from a wealth of natural mineral resources.
The country’s regulatory environment facilitates growth, and openness to foreign trade and investment promotes financial resilience. The economic growth will be driven by the construction, services sector, mining activity, and intensified public investments.
Other Major Cities
Francistown, Molepolole, Selebi-Phikwe, Maun
Employment Contracts in Botswana
A written employment contract is a common practice observed in Botswana. The essence of the contract of employment is that the employer should provide work and employee should place his services at the disposal of employer. Wages and other terms of conditions are agreed in the employment contract. Contracts are also asked for by the Botswana Unified Revenue Service with a view to verifying the taxable income or benefit of the employee.
Working Hours in Botswana
Regular working hours cannot exceed 48 in a week or 8 in a day. Sunday is the usual weekly day-off.
Employers must pay 1.5 times the regular wages for the overtime performed on an ordinary working day. The rates are twice the hourly wages for rest days and public holidays.
Employee Leave in Botswana
Paid public holidays are:
- Jan. 1: New Year’s Day
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- May 1: Labor Day
- President’s Day
- Mid-July: Public Holiday (The day following the President’s Day)
- Sept. 30: Botswana Day
- Dec. 25: Christmas Day
Employees are entitled to 15 days’ paid annual leave each year.
Employers must pay basic salary for a minimum of 14 days’ sick leave each year.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 12 weeks’ maternity leave (6 weeks before and 6 weeks after the childbirth). During maternity leave, employers must pay at least 25% of the employee’s basic wages.
Employee Benefits in Botswana
The Worker’s Compensation Act states that employers are required to compensate an employee who is incapacitated due to a work-related injury or occupational disease. Employers are required to apply for an insurance policy to cover liability under the act.