South Africa is a middle income emerging market with an abundant supply of resources. It is also the largest energy producer and consumer on the continent. South Africa is ranked 25th in the world in terms of GDP as of 2008.

South Africa Contractor Management

The South African rand is the most actively traded emerging market currency in the world. It has joined an elite club of fifteen currencies, the Continuous Linked Settlement, where forex transactions are settled immediately, lowering the risks of transacting across time zones. As a result international companies are increasingly looking at South Africa as a place to pitch their services.

South Africa Freelance

When providing services in South Africa they will either have to relocate their own staff or source international contractors. It is very difficult to start a company in South Africa as a foreign owned enterprise and as such if these companies wish to relocate their staff or source international contractors they will require a locally based Contractor Management Company to provide a full employed local solution for their employees. This will entail South Africa Permits and local South African payroll.

South Africa Contractor Work Permit

As an individual, working in South Africa can be a highly rewarding experience, an opportunity to experience living in the Africa, with a high standard of living and high earning rates. Our services in South Africa include:

Tax, Payroll and Employment Solutions for Clients and Individual Contractors

Sponsored Work Permits for Clients/Contractors/ Freelance Workers

South Africa Tax Umbrella

Salary Packaging

Self-Employed / Pty Ltd Companies

Immigration Lawyers

Expatriate Tax specialists

Insurance (Private Health / Travel / Professional Indemnity)


Bank Account Opening

South Africa Expat

You can reach all our resources for South Africa from this page.




- Employment information about South Africa

- Information about South Africa

- Links and Resources


One of the most consistently challenging aspects of contracting in South Africa is complying with the country’s tax system. Whether you’re a contractor or a permanent employee, you have to pay tax on all of your earnings whilst you’re in the country. As well as paying tax in South Africa, you might also still be eligible to pay some tax in your home country, and understanding the legislation behind this can be a challenge. Do you get double taxation in South Africa? It will depend on your nationality and the nature of your assignment in South Africa. Getting to grips with the basics of income tax in South Africa and understanding your options helps you work out the best way to organise your affairs.

Paying Income Tax in South Africa through Your Employer

If you’re working in South Africa under a permanent contract, many employers will handle your tax under the PAYE (pay-as-you-earn) system. This means that they calculate and process your taxes in South Africa for you and then send you a net wage. Your income tax, public health insurance, social security and other deductions will all be covered by this payment. This is the easiest way to handle your income tax in South Africa, but contractors may not be offered this service because of their short stay with each employer.

Tax In South Africa

Working Out Income Tax in South Africa Yourself

Anybody who can’t pay their tax in South Africa through PAYE is left with the prospect of filing a tax return and doing everything themselves. Do you know much about South African Tax Law? Does South Africa have a tax treaty with your home country? You will need to find out or find someone who can help! Not only does this eat into your free time, it’s also exceptionally difficult to get the most out of the system. The rules change frequently, so if you’re new to it you may be working on out-dated research and end up paying too much. Income tax in South Africa can be anything from 0 to 40 percent, and you need to be sure you are placed in the correct tax brackets.

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax in South Africa

Contractors in South Africa are faced with masses of paperwork and numerous wasted hours filing a tax return unless they find an alternative option. A South African umbrella company can act as your employer during your stay in the country whilst still allowing you the freedom of a contractor. The only difference is that you submit your timesheets to them; they’ll calculate and pay your taxes as you earn, and then you receive a net wage (as well as documentation for your records). The companies are experts in South Africa taxation, and they’ll ensure that you keep the largest proportion of your earnings whilst complying with local laws. They can deal with any issues with the South African tax office or tax department directly including processing your tax refund if you are eligible.

How We Can Help You with Tax in South Africa

We work with numerous umbrella companies in South Africa, many of whom are experts in tax and immigration laws. If you have any questions about tax in South Africa, we’ll get the answers from them directly so you can rest assured you’ll be getting accurate information. We also have a comprehensive knowledge of the different services they provide, and we can help you find the right company to handle your income tax. We help oil and gas workers, software developers, IT project managers, testers, business analysts and telecommunications contractors get tax efficient payments and sponsorship for their South Africa work permit. Our advice is 100 percent free, and it comes with no obligations. You will be paying taxes in South Africa but without the overhead of directly dealing with the South African tax authorities. Get in touch with us today for some reliable advice on tax in South Africa!

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Organising Work Permits for South Africa can be a difficult process. The rules are regularly updated to reflect market conditions and government policy. We try to keep our information up to date as much as possible but we rely heavily on our local partners who are the specialists. If you aren't able to find the information you want on how you can contract in South Africa or how to organize South Africa Work Visas for your staff please contact us with your circumstances and we can always assist you.

South Africa Immigration

Our sponsorship partners are specialists in local immigration laws including sponsored contractor work visas for South Africa. They are able to sponsor suitably skilled contractors or your employees on South Africa Work Permits.

South Africa Work Visa

The benefits include:

- full compliance with local immigration laws

- freedom to work with any end client for any duration

- security and comfort of using a long established international market leader

- visa allows for entry of spouse and dependants

- local salary compliance

- understanding of dual taxation implications through regional offices

South Africa Work Permit

Additionally they can offer you excellent tax & financial management advice to ensure you stay on the right side of the authorities whilst keeping the highest possible % of your gross billing. APPLY NOW!

South Africa Contractor Work Visa


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