Employee benefits & policies in South Africa

With so many employee benefits options in South Africa, how do you choose the right benefits for your team?

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Employee benefits & policies in South Africa

We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and created a handy guide to employee benefits in the South Africa.

To help you choose the perfect package for your team, we’ve outlined what counts as a:

  • statutory requirement
  • standard benefit
  • great benefit
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Benefits policies - company policies that involve employee benefits e.g., holidays, flexible working, maternity/paternity, etc.
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Statutory
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Holidays

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Statutory

Not applicable

15 days paid

12 public holidays

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Competitive

30 days paid

12 Public holidays

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Above & Beyond

Unlimited

Flexible Working

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Statutory

Not applicable

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Competitive
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Above & Beyond

Sick Leave

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Statutory

Not applicable

30 days after first 6 mos

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Competitive

2 months

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Above & Beyond

3 months

Paternity Pay

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Statutory

Not applicable

10 unpaid days

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Competitive

20 days paid leave

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Above & Beyond

3 months paid in full

Maternity Pay

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Statutory

Not applicable

4 months unpaid; 60% salary from UIF for first 121 days

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Competitive

4 months paid leave

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Above & Beyond

4 months paid in full

Other

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Statutory

Not applicable

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Competitive
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Above & Beyond

Volunteer Days

Sabbatical

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Core benefits - Β traditional employer-paid benefits products e.g., insurances (health/life) and pension with core coverage
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Statutory
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Great

Medical

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Statutory

Not applicable

Public health care

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Competitive

Private group plan

Private health plan stipend

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Above & Beyond

International private medical insurance

Other Health

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Statutory

Not applicable

Basic dental covered by government subsidised healthcare

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Competitive

Private dental and vision insurance plan

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Above & Beyond

Comprehensive medical plan which includes dental and vision

Pension

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Statutory

Not applicable

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Competitive

Employers contribution 9-13% of annual salary

Employee contribution 5-10% annual salary

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Above & Beyond

Individual private defined contribution pension plan

Life Insurance

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Statutory

Not applicable

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Competitive

Group insurance combines life, disability and death protection

3x salary

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Above & Beyond

Private life insurance plan which includes, funeral benefit, disease benefit

4-6x salary

Income Protection

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Statutory

Not applicable

Contribution to UIF

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Competitive

Group insurance combines life, disability and death protection

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Above & Beyond

Private income protection plan

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Supplemental benefits - contemporary benefits to give your benefits package an edge e.g., flex allowances & salary sacrifice options
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Statutory
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Market Standard
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Great

Wellbeing

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Statutory

Not applicable

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Competitive

Employee Assistance Program

Subsidised gym membership

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Above & Beyond

Access to mental health programs or apps

Wellness programs

Learning and Development

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Statutory

Not applicable

1% SDL contribution by employer

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Competitive

E-learning platform access

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Above & Beyond

L&D monthly budget

Working from Home

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Statutory

Not applicable

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Competitive
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Above & Beyond

Negotiable

Salary Sacrifice & Other

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Statutory

Not applicable

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Competitive

Transport allowance

Discounts on technology

Nursery stipend

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Above & Beyond

Housing stipend

Savings and Investment plans

Charitable giving

Stock options

Financial education or assistance

Food & Drink

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Statutory

Not applicable

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Competitive

In office snacks

Happy hours/socials

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Above & Beyond

Meal allowance

Free breakfast/lunch

In office snacks and beverages

Weekly happy hours/socials

What are the tax implications of employee benefits & policies in South Africa

Tax is a tricky one - especially with a global team to manage. Our tax guide simplifies the tax implications of various employee benefits in South Africa for you.

We’ve narrowed down how employee benefits affect:

  • Tax reporting
  • Employer tax
  • Employee tax
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Benefits policies - company policies that involve employee benefits e.g., holidays, flexible working, maternity/paternity, etc.
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Tax Reporting
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‍Employee Tax
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Core benefits - Β traditional employer-paid benefits products e.g., insurances (health/life) and pension with core coverage
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Tax Reporting
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Employer Tax
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Employee Tax
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Supplemental benefits - contemporary benefits to give your benefits package an edge e.g., flex allowances & salary sacrifice options
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Tax Reporting
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Employer Tax
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Employee Tax

Wellbeing

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Statutory
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Employer Tax
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Employee Tax

Learning and Development

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Statutory
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Employer Tax
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Employee Tax

Working from Home

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Statutory
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Employer Tax
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Employee Tax

Salary Sacrifice & Other

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Statutory
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Employer Tax
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Employee Tax

Food & Drink

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Statutory
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Employer Tax
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Employee Tax

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