How to hire remote employees in


It may be a small country, but Swaziland is a great place to hire remote talent. In the next 5 minutes, we’ll teach you how you can legally hire remote talent in Swaziland—without dealing with huge fees and lengthy legal red tape.

Country snapshot

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What to know before you hire in 


Laws about hiring are complicated, and that’s especially true in Swaziland. If your company hasn’t already established a physical presence in Swaziland, you have two real options when it comes to hiring. We’ll detail both below.

If you want to successfully hire in 


, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 


. 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 


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

Why hire independent contractors in 


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 



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 


 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.

Can be less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and can open you up to increased liabilities and regulations. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but laws surrounding contractor classification are often significantly more straightforward.

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 



If you’re hiring contractors in 


, 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 


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

Let Panther save you from hiring headaches.

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If you want to hire employees in 


If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Swaziland 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 Swaziland.

Taxes in 


Employer tax

Employers’ Social Security and statutory contributions

Public Pension

Medical Insurance

Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

PTO is calculated by the:

  • Employees are generally entitled to 11 days of paid annual leave.
  • Employees can take up to one month of unpaid compassionate leave per year.

Public Holidays

There are 11 public holidays.

Sick Days

The duration of sick leave entitlement provided to workers that is:

  • After three months of employment, employees are eligible for 14 days of 100% paid sick leave. 
  • 14 days of 50% paid sick leave at the employee’s base wage rate.

Maternity Leave

Female employees are generally entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave, six weeks of which may be taken before the due date.

Two weeks of the leave are paid, if the employee has worked for at least one year.

Paternity Leave

There is no statutory paternity leave.

Parental Leave

Standard parental benefits of up to 40 weeks split between two parents (but one parent cannot receive more than 35 weeks of standard benefits).

Other Leave


Marriage Leave


Bereavement Leave

Employees can take up to one month of unpaid compassionate leave per year.


Termination Process

Employees engaged to perform supervisory technical or confidential work may have a longer probationary period, but it must be agreed to in writing.

Notice Period

The notice period in Swaziland is:

  • One month after the probation period: one week’s notice
  • 3-12  months’ employment: 2 days for each completed month
  • more than 12 months’ employment: 1 month + 4 days for each completed year

An employee may be paid in lieu of notice.

Severance Pay

The Severance Pay in Swaziland once a terminated employee is eligible for severance pay of 10 working day’s wages for each completed year of service after the first year.

Probation Period

Probation period is 3 months.

Employee requirements in 


Working Hours

The work week should not exceed 5.5 days.


Employees can work overtime, but they must consent to perform the extra hours.

All employees working overtime must get paid at least one and a half times their normal wage rate.

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