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Labour costs in Zimbabwe are often lower than in many Western countries, which can be advantageous for businesses looking to manage their operational expenses. English is also one of the official languages in Zimbabwe, which can be beneficial if your business operates in English-speaking markets.

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Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Zimbabwe is US $150.

Working Hours

Standard Working Hours

In Zimbabwe, the work week consists of 8 hours per day, making up to a total of 40 hours per week.

Employees are entitled to 24-hour break every week, with non-shift workers usually scheduling this 24-hour rest period during the weekend, which consists of both Saturday and Sunday.


Overtime compensation is provided for any hours exceeding the standard work-week. The minimum overtime rate is set at 150% of the regular salary. On public holidays, employees typically receive a premium payment of 200% of their standard salary.


The payroll frequency in Zimbabwe can be monthly, bi-weekly or weekly.


Paid time off

The worker is entitled to 30 calendar days (22 working days) leave after a continuous employment period of 1 year.

Sick Pay

An employee in their first year of service, with the support of a medical certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner, is entitled to receive up to 90 days of sick leave on full pay.

Maternity Leave

Female employees were generally entitled to 98 days (14 weeks) of maternity leave. Maternity leave could commence 4 weeks before the expected date of delivery and continue for 10 weeks after the birth.

After the maternity leave period, employees were generally entitled to return to their previous position or an equivalent position with the same terms and conditions of employment.

Paternity Leave

There is currently no specific statutory provisions for paternity leave.


Termination of Employment

The employer is typically required to provide notice to terminate an employee’s contract. The notice period may vary depending on the length of service and the terms of the employment contract. Shorter notice periods are usually provided for probationary or casual employees.

Unfair dismissal is prohibited, and employees who believe they have been unfairly dismissed can seek recourse through the Labor Court or Labour Relations Officers.

In some cases, employees may be entitled to severance pay upon termination, dependent on the reason for dismissal.

Notice Period

The notice period period is dependent upon the employees length of service.

Probation Period

The standard probationary period is typically 3 months, but for casual or seasonal workers, a single day serves as the probation period.


You can apply for a Zimbabwean visa at a Zimbabwean embassy or consulate in your home country. You’ll need to submit the required documents, including a completed visa application form, passport-sized photos, a valid passport, proof of sufficient funds for your stay, and the visa fee.

Visa fees can vary depending on the type of visa, your nationality, and the duration of your stay. Be sure to check the current visa fee with the Zimbabwean embassy or consulate where you’re applying.


The standard rate in Zimbabwe in 14%.

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