The International HR & Payroll Company
That Speaks Your Language

IRIS FMP will simplify South African payroll and HR. As a recognized, global payroll and HR specialist in South Africa, we have 88 in-country specialists on-hand to help ensure your international employees are paid on time, every time.

Navigating the complications of global payroll and HR in South Africa requires specialist help. As compliance is an urgent top priority for businesses, we can support you during a global expansion with any HR or payroll obstacles. Understanding the various demands surrounding laws, cultures and regulations, it can feel overwhelming to stay on top of everything. Fortunately, our experts are on hand. We offer:  

Payroll in South Africa

We take away any complications surrounding global payroll and manage everything on your behalf – this includes local pay to benefits, and more. Through our payroll solution, your growing workforce will be paid accurately, on-time, every time.  

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HR in South Africa 

Use our HR support to thrive overseas. Companies rely on our HR services to support their global employees for everything legislation and compliance.  

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South African Employment Law Compliance

We will help you to seamlessly and compliantly attract new hires. As an in-country specialist, we can help with contracts, policies, handbooks and more.

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Global Payments Services

Our compliant, global payment services are designed for all industries. We make your cross-border transfers cost-effective.  

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Location Data

South Africa FlagSouth Africa
Africa (Southern Africa)
Calling Code
South African rand (ZAR)
$1 = R17.15
Main Language
Other Business Languages
Tax Year Start
1st March
Tax Year Start
28th February

Details correct at time of publication. You should not rely on these details without first seeking professional international advice.

A trusted advisor for global expansion

We support businesses in 135 countries worldwide to reach their expansion goals.

Global Expansion in South Africa

With the most developed and sophisticated economy in Africa, South Africa offers up a range of commercial opportunities for businesses looking to expand. With a plan in place to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 5% by 2030, and with some of the most progressive human rights in the world, they guarantee economic, social and cultural rights for all. In addition, South Africa has investor-friendly policies in place and welcomes foreign investment with open arms.

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Employer Must-Dos

In South Africa, the following reports must be submitted to strict deadlines

  • Monthly returns must be submitted at SARS and the Dept of Labour

Payroll in South Africa

What tax considerations are there?

In South Africa there is a residency-based taxation system, meaning permanent or temporary tax residents have to pay tax on their global income. Employees are required to pay social security contributions and income tax, which is calculated depending on a number of factors, and there is also corporate tax and taxes on assets and wealth to consider.

Provisional tax also exists in South Africa and requires taxpayers to pay at least two advance amounts of tax throughout the year of assessment based on estimates. All companies are liable to pay this as well as those who receive income other than a salary.

HR in South Africa

What are the regular working hours in South Africa?

The usual working hours in South Africa are Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm and employees must not work more than 12 hours a day. Overtime is available up to 10 extra hours a week, paid at time and a half, and double time for Sundays where employees do not usually work this day.


In South Africa, grounds for termination can include misconduct, ill health incapacity, poor performance incapacity or operational requirements of the employer – for instance redundancy. The termination of employment must be proven to be fair according to the LRA (Labour Relations Act).

Get more Information on International Payroll

For more information on international payroll and the key considerations that come along with it, download our free guide to international payroll today.

IRIS FMP’s South African Payroll and HR Solutions

No matter if you’re looking for payroll and HR support in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban, our specialist teams are here to help. IRIS FMP have a wealth of experience when it comes to dealing with all kinds of international payroll and HR. Our core focus is making sure your business remains compliant with relevant South African legislation. Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Employment Contracts
  • Payroll Processing
  • Handling of payments (salaries)
  • Annual declarations (lodging, apprenticeship & training taxes for concerned companies)
  • Relations with social bodies
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Tax and Labor Law Consulting
  • Assisting in payroll audit (or payroll department audit)
  • Handling of confidential payroll
  • Assistance in company restructuring plan
  • Assistance in implementation of procedures
  • Assistance with start-up (in link with lawyers)

Stay Compliant – Payroll and HR Services in South Africa

IRIS FMP are here to help with HR and payroll every step of the way through your international expansion. Speak to one of our team today and see how we can help keep your business compliant.