Hire Employees & Contractors


Compliantly hire your distributed team members in


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Hiring in


isn't so simple. Borderless can help.

To hire new employees in


, your business must have a local legal entity or an Employer of Record like Borderless in place already. Then there’s the management of local employment compliance, taxes, benefits, payroll, and more. Hiring contractors poses similar challenges.

Borderless handles all of that for you, so you can focus on getting to work with your new team member in


while staying fully compliant with local laws and compliance.

Primary Language

Swahili, English


Kenyan shilling (KSh, KES)

Payroll Frequency


Public Holidays

12 days

Employer Taxes


Cost of Living Index

32.37 (2023)

Statutory Leave

21 days

Sick Leave

14 days

Maternity Leave

91 days

Important: Risks of misclassification

In many countries like


, the treatment of employees and contractors is different. If you misclassify a new team member, you could be subjected to penalties and fines. Let Borderless get this right for you, so you don’t have to worry.

Payment Information

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Kenya is 15120 KES per month.

The government-mandated minimum wage is determined by several factors, including an employee's industry, geographical location, age, and skill level.

Overtime Pay

Overtime is defined as hours worked outside of normal working hours. Employees can work up to 52 hours per week (12 hours of overtime).

While employers are required to pay junior employees the relevant overtime rate, overtime pay is not required for senior employees because extra work hours are factored into their salaries.

Employees are paid 1.5 times their regular hourly wage for extra hours worked, and 2 times their regular hourly wage if they work overtime on a rest day or public holiday.

Working hours are typically 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. Monday through Friday is the standard work week.

Additional Pay

There is no additional pay detail for Kenya.

Payroll Cycle

For all Borderless customers, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Employer Costs & Taxes

  • National Social Security Fund (NSSF): 6.00% - a maximum of KES 200 per month (USD 1.50) 
  • National Industrial Training Levy (NITA): 50 KES per employee

Employee Costs & Taxes

  • National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF): Contributions are graduated, and reach their limit at KES 1,700 (USD 12.72) per employee for employees who earn more than KES 100,000 (USD 748.22) per month.
  • National Social Security Fund (NSSF): 6.00% - a maximum of KES 200 per month (USD 1.50)

Employment Information

Termination Process

Employee contracts can be terminated only if a just cause is established, such as dishonesty, negligence, or fraud, and only after a hearing in which the employee in question is allowed to seek representation from relevant trade union staff or other counsel.

Notice period

An employee must be given written notice of termination at least 28 days before the decision, or payment can be made in lieu of notice.

Probation Period

Probation periods can last up to six months, during which time an employer can fire an employee with seven days' notice or pay in lieu of notice.

Severance Details

Severance payments are only required when an employee is laid off due to redundancy, and they are calculated at a rate of 15 days' wages for every year of service.

Benefits of working in a country abroad

Borderless Benefits Packages in


When the world is your competition, it pays to incentivize new hires and existing alike. Borderless benefits packages typically include:

Medical Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Retirement Contributions

Learn how to hire quickly and easily in


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