Employer of Record South Africa

Work Permits and Visas in South Africa

Employer of Record South Africa

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Do I need a Work Permit or Visa to work in South Africa?

Whilst Agility EOR does not generally “sponsor” Work Permits (this practice is not always compatible with the EOR/PEO model), we can generally support candidates needing a work visa in South Africa.

In South Africa, if you’re not a citizen or permanent resident, you’ll need a work permit to be able to legally work in the country. The process for getting a work permit can vary depending on the type of permit you need and your specific circumstances.

Generally, you’ll need to have a job offer from a South African employer, and the employer will have to apply for the permit on your behalf. The application process can take some time and there’s a lot of paperwork involved. Once the permit is issued, it will need to be renewed annually.

It’s worth noting that there are different types of work permits available, such as general work permits, critical skills work permits, and intra-company transfer permits, each with its own set of requirements and application process.

It’s also worth noting that it can be quite challenging to get a work permit in South Africa, due to the country’s high unemployment rate and the government’s focus on prioritizing job opportunities for citizens.

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We are South Africa Employer of Record experts

We have extensive experience helping businesses expand their workforce in the South Africa. Take a look at our areas of expertise below:

Find out how payroll works in South Africa and what you can expect when it comes to salaries, bonuses and tax

Enhance your understanding of what your employee is entitled to when working in South Africa

Learn more about how you can attract and retain staff in South Africa with both statutory and enhanced employee benefits

We provide a fully managed Employer of Record Service in South Africa, including Payroll, HR and Legal compliance support


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Frequently Asked Questions

Payrolling the employees is a key part of the service offered by an Employer of Record company. The Employer of Record will calculate and remit all taxes, social securities and similar payments, on behalf of both employer and employee. The client will be invoiced in advance by the EOR company, for the total cost of the payroll.

Yes. Our clients are free to dictate the structure of the employees’ remuneration including any bonuses or commissions they wish to offer. In some countries, there is a statutory requirement to provide “bonuses”, for example in the form of Christmas or holiday allowances.

Yes. Agility EOR will calculate what pay is due upon termination of an employee, factoring in such things as any untaken leave entitlements.

We find that most of our clients are in the Tech, IT, Finance, NGO (Not for Profit) and Professional Services industries. However, we have acquired the skills, knowledge and experience to help all industries across the globe.

As a private company, we’re not beholden to shareholders Private Equity targets. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients. At Agility EOR, our approach is that we never forget that our business is all about people. Our Employer of Record solutions are tailored to each requirement, not a one-size-fits-all tech platform. We do the right thing by our clients and by the laws of each country we operate in. And we believe in openness; if we don’t feel we can offer you the best solution for a specific territory, we’ll say so. 

We pride ourselves on our personable-approach so once you enter your new employees details into our dedicated platform, we’ll arrange a call with you to go through the details of the employment contract where together we can review and amend to your requirements. We liaise directly with your employee to build a rapport and obtain the necessary information to hire them compliantly, and set them up ready for their first payroll.

We never stop delivering! Even if you’re employee has been onboarded and is happily working for you and being paid each month, we’re here to partner with you whenever you or your employees need us. Even your ex-employees may need our assistance for tax documents, proof of employment requests etc… Our service never stops!