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Hiring guidelines in Kenya

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Minimum Wage Requirements
The minimum wage is KES 13,572 per month.
Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax ranges from 10% to 30%. Income tax is calculated according to progress rates and the government uses a pay-as-you-earn model.

Gross Annual Income Tax Rate (%)
On the first 288,000 10%
On the next 100,000 25%
On all remaining income in excess of 388,000 30%
Payroll Cost
The employer cost is generally estimated at  8.4% of the employee salary.
  • National Social Security Fund Contribution - 6.0%*
  • WIBA (Work Injury Benefits Act) Contribution - 0.91%
  • Affordable Housing Levy - 1.50%
  • NITA (National Industrial Training Authority) Contribution - KES 50

    *up to a maximum salary for the contribution of with KES 18,000.
Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours
Overtime payment is not mandatory for senior staff, as extra work hours are factored in their salaries.
Overtime payment is mandatory for junior staff. Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. Employees can work a maximum of 52 hours per week (12 hours of overtime). 
For additional hours, employees are paid 1.5 times the regular hourly salary, and 2 times the regular hourly salary if they work overtime on a rest day or public holiday.
Standard working hours are 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. The standard work week is from Monday to Friday.