How to hire remote employees in

Namibia

Namibia is home to some great remote talent. Want to know how you can hire that talent, legally, without wading into months of paperwork and thousands of dollars in fees? In the next few minutes, we’ll teach you.

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
Namibian Dollar
EMPLOYER TAXES
0.9%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
English

What to know before you hire in 

Namibia

Found somebody in Namibia you want to hire? Below, we’ll teach you how to bring that person onto your team—even if your company isn’t based in Namibia.

If you want to successfully hire in 

Namibia

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Namibia

. Onboarding talent takes days, not weeks or months. Both you, the company, and your talent have more flexibility. And in many cases, since you’re remote, the talent you’re hiring is better classified as a contractor, anyway. Of course, it’s not possible in every case, but it’s what we built Panther for.

Hire talent as employees

This is the long route. You can either establish a physical presence with an entity and register as an employer, or you can use an Employer-of-Record (EOR) solution. Odds are, you’ll find using an EOR to be the easier route. Still, using an EOR in 

Namibia

 is expensive—it can often be $500 per month per employee—and sometimes prone to lengthy onboarding times.

Why hire independent contractors in 

Namibia

Hiring contractors is normally the easier, faster, more flexible choice—but don’t just take it from us. Below are the specific benefits and drawbacks to hiring contractors in 

Namibia

.

It’s the fastest way to hire globally

Hiring employees takes months, at the minimum. When you hire with Panther’s locally-generated contracts, it’s a matter of days or weeks. This means you can hire the best talent, fast, without losing them to a hellish procession of paperwork.

It’s a lot cheaper

It costs just $0 to sign up for Panther, then $49 per month to hire your contractors with Panther. If you hired employees manually (or did contracting on your own), you’d likely be on the hook for thousands of dollars each month. Setting up an entity alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It’s more flexible for you & your team

Hiring contractors in 

Namibia

 means you’re generally not on the hook for things like health insurance and paid time off. This makes hiring flexible for you, and it gives your talent more options.

It’s less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and generally puts you at a bigger risk for legal fees. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but even then, misclassification penalties are often minimal and just require you to pay off any compensation that the person would have been owed as an employee.

Some people want to be employees

The contractor life isn’t for everyone—some people want the security that being an employee often appears to provide. Though it’s rare, this does happen, and it’s one disadvantage of manage an all-contractor team.

You might not have as much control over your talent

Most countries’ contractor-employer relationship laws stipulate that the employer can’t set fixed working hours, among other things. These laws give contractors more freedom over how and when they do their work than an employee would have. In reality, however, most contractors are willing & able to work on the company’s schedule—it’s a matter of setting expectations beforehand.

How can I pay people in 

Namibia

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

Namibia

, you can pay them with Panther in a single click. You won’t need to worry about complicated wire transfers, fees, or currency conversions. We’ll take care of it all. Just make a click and your contractor will get paid in their currency of choice. This is a valuable bonus for talent in countries where the local currency is particularly weak—most people appreciate the ability to receive their payment in stronger currencies.

Hiring and paying your team in 

Namibia

Hire and pay with Panther

Pay everyone with a single click
Get great currency conversion rates
Pay $0 in platform fees
Run payroll in seconds
Let Panther automatically create & store invoices
Let Panther automatically write locally-compliant contracts
Let Panther automatically file local tax documents

Hire and pay without Panther

Pay all your contractors individually
Do all currency conversions yourself
Shoulder the burden of platform fees
Spend hours each month making payments
Manually track & store invoices
Manually write & sign contracts
Manually file relevant tax documents

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If you want to hire employees in 

Namibia

If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Namibia than employees. Still, there are valid reasons why you might want to hire employees instead. The content below is for you—we’ll cover employer taxes and obligations in Namibia.

Taxes in 

Namibia

Employer tax

Social Security

Individual tax

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

In Namibia, annual leave is calculated by multiplying an employee’s contracted number of working days per week by four.

Employees are entitled to 4 to 24 days of vacation leave depending on their service period.

Public Holidays

There are 13 public holidays.

Sick Days

In Namibia, Employees who do not work longer than five days a week are entitled to 30 working days of sick leave.

Employees who work longer than five days a week are entitled to 36 days. During the first year of work, employees receive one day of sick leave for every 26 days worked.

Maternity Leave

Female employee would be entitled to:

  • four (4) weeks of paid maternity leave before the child’s birth; and
  • eight (8) weeks after the child’s birth bringing it to a total of twelve (12) weeks of paid maternity leave.

The employer is liable to pay the employees’ remuneration except for the basic wage, which will be paid by social security.

Paternity Leave

There is no statutory paternity leave.

Parental Leave

There are no statutory provisions for parental leave.

Other Leave

No Info.

Marriage Leave

No Info.

Bereavement Leave

No Info.

Termination

Termination Process

Termination of the contract has been terminated by the employer when:

  • If an employer wishes to terminate an employee’s contract then as per Namibian law, due process should be followed and a fair reason must be provided.
  • Fair reason includes employee’s misconduct, incapacity of the employee to perform the work allotted, employee incompatibility, etc

Unfair termination of an employment contract would take place if the said termination has taken place on grounds such

  • refusal to do anything unlawful;
  • if the employee exercises his rights under the law;
  • if the employee exercises his rights under the contract; and
  • if the employee discloses information that he is legally required to.

Notice Period

Notice period in Mauritius can be made only when the following:

  • The employee has received a minimum of seven days’ notice to answer the allegations made on them
  • The employer has exhausted every possible option other than termination of the employee
  • Within 10 days of learning about an employee’s alleged misconduct, the employer has informed the employee about it
  • The employee has been given seven days’ notice to answer the allegations made on them
  • The employer has tried every other course of action possible

Severance Pay

In Mauritius, an employee is entitled to severance pay only after 12 months of continuous uninterrupted service.

This severance pay is equivalent to one week’s remuneration for each year of service.

Probation Period

The probation period is 3 months.

Employee requirements in 

Namibia

Working Hours

The standard working hours in Namibia is 45 hours a week and 9 hours per day for five days a week.

Overtime

In Namibia, overtime is limited to three hours a day or 10 hours a week and paid at least one and half times (150%) of the employee’s hourly wage or double (200%) on Sunday or a public holiday.

There is an additional 6% over the employee’s hourly salary, excluding overtime, for work performed between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.

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