EOR Solutions

South Africa Employer of Record (EOR) Services

Compliantly hire and pay employees in South Africa. 

No in-country entity needed.

Breedj offers employer of record solutions in South Africa. Through the Breedj platform, businesses of all sizes can compliantly hire and pay local nationals and expats alike.

Our platform provides a range of comprehensive solutions that simplifies EOR processes, allowing your business to operate seamlessly and in full compliance with local employment laws.

Ease of doing business in South Africa

South Africa is an attractive destination for foreign investment, with a diversified economy and a skilled workforce. According to the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business index, South Africa ranks 84th out of 190 countries, which indicates a moderate level of ease in doing business in the country.

However, navigating the complexities of the South African labor market can be challenging for foreign companies. This is where Breedj’s South Africa EOR solutions come in, providing a simple and efficient way for companies to expand their operations and hire employees.

By working with Breedj, companies can benefit from our local knowledge and expertise, enabling them to navigate the complexities of the South African labor market with ease. We provide our clients with a streamlined process for hiring employees, handling payroll and taxes, and ensuring compliance with local labor laws.

In addition, our South Africa EOR services provide companies with faster time-to-market, allowing them to establish a presence more quickly and with minimal risk. With our help, companies can overcome the challenges of doing business in South Africa and focus on their core business activities.

Hiring in South Africa

For global companies looking to expand their operations into South Africa, there are two main options for hiring employees: setting up their own entity or using an Employer of Record (EOR) solution like Breedj.

While setting up their own entity can provide companies with greater control and flexibility, it also comes with significant risks and administrative burdens. For example, companies must comply with complex local labor laws and regulations, establish a local legal entity, and handle payroll and tax obligations.

Using an EOR solution like Breedj, on the other hand, provides companies with a simple and efficient way to expand their operations in South Africa. As an EOR, Breedj acts as the official employer for the client’s employees, handling all administrative tasks related to employment, including payroll, taxes, benefits, and compliance with local labor laws.

By using Breedj’s EOR services, companies can benefit from our local knowledge and expertise, allowing them to navigate the complexities of the South African labor market with ease. In addition, our EOR services provide faster time-to-market, allowing companies to establish a presence in South Africa more quickly and with minimal risk.

Using an EOR solution like Breedj is the preferred option for global companies looking to hire employees in South Africa, as it provides a simple and efficient way to expand operations while ensuring compliance with local labor laws and regulations.

Country fact sheet


South African rand (ZAR)


Pretoria (administrative), Bloemfontein (judicial), and Cape Town (legislative)


60 million (2021)


Southern Africa



Official languages

There are 11 official languages in SA, including English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, and others.

Compliance guaranteed

Breedj's local employment expertise in South Africa

By partnering with Breedj, you can eliminate the need to establish an in-country entity, and thus, saving valuable time and resources while benefiting from our local expertise to guarantee full compliance for your business operations.

Our platform has been designed to seamlessly take care of every aspect of the local employment environment, while you focus on your core operations.

Employment contracts

We handle employment contracts for both global employees and contractors.

Guaranteed compliance

Breedj ensures full compliance with your workers' local labor laws.

Global payroll

Our platform ensures accurate and timely international salary payments.

Legal expertise

Leverage Breedj's extensive expertise to navigate diverse employment laws.

Tax & contributions

Breedj handles tax & mandatory contributions as required by local labor laws.

Multiple currencies

Your workers are paid in their local currency, directly to their bank account.

Statutory labor laws in South Africa

Employment laws in South Africa are designed to protect workers and ensure fair and equitable treatment in the workplace. As a global company looking to expand your operations in South Africa, it’s essential to understand the key labor laws that govern employment in the country.

Some of the key statutory labor laws in South Africa include:

Employee probation period: There is no prescribed time limit set for a probation period. The probation period must be reasonable, given the circumstances of the job.

Annual leave in South Africa: Every employee is entitled to 21 consecutive days’ annual leave on full pay in every leave cycle. This equates to 15 working days per annum if the employee works a five-day week, and 18 working days per annum if the employee works a six-day week.

Maternity leave in South Africa: Female employees have a right to four months’ maternity leave when they are pregnant. By law, your employer is not obliged to give you paid maternity leave, but you are entitled to four consecutive months of maternity leave. The maternity leave may begin at any time from at least four weeks before the birth of the baby.

Paternity leave in South Africa: An employee who is a parent of a child is entitled to 10 consecutive days of parental leave.

Sick leave in South Africa: Section 22(1) to 22(4) of South Africa’s Employment Act stipulates that during each 36-month cycle starting from the first day at work, an employee is entitled to a paid sick leave. This should be equivalent to the exact number of days that they usually work in a typical 6-week period. Therefore, in case the employee works five days per week, then they are entitled to a 30-day sick leave on full pay. On the other hand, if the person works six days per week, then they will have a 36-day sick leave on full pay. When distributed across the three years, one may have a 10 to 12-days paid sick leave per year on average.

At Breedj, we help our clients navigate the complexities of South African labor laws by ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations, including those related to employee probation period, annual leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, and sick leave. Our EOR services provide a streamlined way for companies to ensure compliance and avoid potential legal and financial penalties.

Labor regulations

Annual leave

21 days

Sick leave


Maternity leave

4 months

Paternity leave

10 days

Employee probation


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Social security in South Africa

While South Africa does not have a social security system per se, it does have contributions that are similar to social security contributions, such as Unemployment Insurance Fund contributions and Compensation Commission contributions. Limited unemployment insurance and accident or illness benefits are provided.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund provides benefits to unemployed people and to dependents of deceased contributors. Both employers and employees are required to pay a monthly 1% contribution to South Africa’s Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). The contribution is based on a maximum (i.e. capped) monthly gross remuneration per employee. The employee’s 1% contribution is withheld from the employee’s salary by the employer. Certain remuneration and certain employees are excluded from the UIF contribution requirements.

South Africa also has a Compensation Fund that provides benefits to employees who are injured or contract diseases in the course of their employment. The compensation is paid to employees or their dependents in the event of disability, permanent injury, or death. Employers are required to contribute to the fund on behalf of their employees.

At Breedj, we understand the importance of compliance with social security and related contributions in South Africa. Our EOR services ensure that our clients comply with all relevant regulations and contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Fund and Compensation Fund as required. We handle all administrative tasks related to these contributions, including withholding employee contributions from salaries and submitting employer contributions to the relevant funds. Our clients can rest assured that they are in compliance with local laws and regulations related to social security contributions.

Breedj's platform

Current coverage

54 countries

Focus region


Salary payments

Supports multiple currencies

Time to market

Onboard workers in less than 24 hours

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What they say about Breedj

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Global expansion simplified

Confidently expand to South Africa

Breedj stands out as the preferred global employment solutions provider for several reasons, offering organizations a competitive edge with a range of scalable global employment solutions.

Cost effective

Drastically reduce administrative and overhead costs related to managing global employees.

100% compliant

Stay up to date with the ever changing global legislations, policies and local labor laws.

Peace of mind

Get direct access to our global employment experts to mitigate legal risks and penalties.

Fast-track market entry

Bypass the complexities associated with establishing a branch office or in-country.

Help emerging countries

Encourage growth and uplift lesser served regions by giving a job to talented remote professionals.

Support United Nations development goals

Directly support at least four sustainable development goals, simply by using our platform.