Global Employment Solutions & PEO in Zambia

Omnipresent makes it fast and easy to employ remote talent in Zambia. We take care of payroll, compliance, taxes, and admin so you can focus on growing your business.

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What You Need to Know About Employing in Zambia

Don’t risk non-compliance with local employment, social insurance, and tax regulations.

How it works
Payroll & Taxes
Employer Costs
Working Hours
Holidays & Vacation
Types of Leave
Health & Benefits
Termination Laws

How Do Omnipresent Global Employment Solutions Work?

Omnipresent provides global employment solutions and professional employment organisation (PEO) services for companies looking to grow and build out a global team in Zambia. Traditional methods of establishing global employment and subsidiaries in Zambia typically take months and can incur heavy costs. Omnipresent’s global employment solutions and PEO services help hundreds of organisations onboard new employees in Zambia in a matter of days with full compliance of local labour laws. We use a tech-forward approach to streamline the process. 

  • Your company conducts the hiring and candidate selection process in Zambia.
  • Omnipresent hires the selected candidate through our local professional employment organisation in Zambia.
  • We take care of ensuring your new employee is hired in compliance with local labour laws, payroll regulations, benefits and more -- all without needing to set up a subsidiary in Zambia.
  • The individual is legally contracted by Omnipresent but assigned to work for your company and reports to a manager or team in your organisation as your full-time employee.
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Payroll & Taxes in Zambia

Employee Income Taxes:

The rates of income tax applicable to an employee in Zambia are as follows:

  • Up to 48,000 ZMW - 0% 
  • 48,001 to 57,600 ZMW - 25%
  • 57,601 to 82,800 ZMW - 30%
  • Over 82,801 ZMW -37.5%

Payroll Cycle:

Employees in Zambia are typically paid on a monthly basis.


Employer Costs in Zambia

Employer Contributions:

  • National Pension Scheme: 5% of employee’s total earnings (subject to limit prescribed by the local authority)
  • National Health Insurance Scheme: 1% of employee’s basic salary

Employee Contributions:

  • National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) - 5% (subject to limit prescribed by the local authority)
  • National Health Insurance Scheme - 1%

Working Hours in Zambia

Typical Working Hours per Week:

Employees in Zambia typically work up to 48 hours a week and eight hours a day.

It’s important to note that typical working hours can vary by industry in some countries. Contact our team for the most up-to-date information!

Overtime Laws:

In Zambia, overtime is permitted and employees are entitled to extra pay for any work performed above normal hours.

Overtime laws in Zambia are complex and can depend on the specific circumstances and the employee. We’re happy to discuss this in more detail for a specific context.


Public Holidays & Vacation Time in Zambia

Standard Public Holidays in Zambia

There are 13 public holidays observed in Zambia:

  • New Year’s Day
  • International Women’s Day
  • Youth Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Labour Day
  • African Freedom Day
  • Heroes’ Day
  • Unity Day
  • Farmers’ Day
  • National Day of Prayer
  • Independence Day
  • Christmas Day

Vacation Time in Zambia

Employees in Zambia receive 24 working days of paid annual leave after completing a year of service.

Employees then accrue two working days of annual leave per month, beginning on the first day of the employee’s second year of service.


Types of Leave in Zambia

Sick Leave:

Employees in Zambia receive between 52 days and six months of paid sick leave, depending on the length of their employment contract. 

Maternity Leave:

Female employees in Zambia are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave. At least six weeks of maternity leave must be taken after the birth of the child. Maternity leave can be extended for the birth of twins or multiples.

Paternity Leave:

New fathers in Zambia typically receive five days of unpaid paternity leave following the birth of a child.


Health Insurance & Supplementary Benefits in Zambia

We believe that remote employees should be able to access their local benefits, as well as high-standard international benefits, wherever they are. Details about international or country specific benefit packages can be provided on request. Please contact us for further details.


Termination & Severance in Zambia


In Zambia, severance is required in certain circumstances, including the termination of a fixed-term contract (at least 25% of the employee’s basic pay) or when  employees are dismissed due to redundancy (two months’ basic pay for each completed year of service).

Notice of Termination:

The termination notice period is between one day and three months depending on the employee’s length of service. An employer may also be able to provide pay in lieu of notice. 

Unprotected and Protected Termination:

Zambia law protects employees from illegal termination of employment, and as there are a range of reasons an employee can be terminated, it’s important for those looking to employ in Zambia to reach out to us directly with questions.

Protected Classes of Employees:

Laws around employees who have specific termination protections, or classes of employees who have protected characteristics relevant to discrimination, are highly complex and there can be a number of situation-specific variables. If you have questions in this area, please reach out to us directly to discuss.


Grow Your Global Team. 

Employ the Best Talent, Anywhere in the World

The benefits of growing a global team and finding the best talent anywhere in the world are endless. It’s important to note that labour laws and regulations in Zambia are strict with penalties for non-compliance. Let our team take care of the details such as payroll, benefits, compliance, taxes, and admin so you can focus on growing your business. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

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