The hassle-free way to register your domestic worker with UIF
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If it was quick and easy to register yourself as an employer and link your domestic workers to you our services wouldn't be required. Unfortunately there are several scary-looking UIF registration documents to be completed and the queues at your local Department of Labour office are long and slow-moving. Not ideal. Below you will find a few of the most important questions & answers.
What is a domestic worker?
A domestic worker is a nanny, house keeper, cleaning lady, gardener or driver. It excludes farm workers.
Do I have to register as an employer with the UIF?
If you employ a domestic worker for more than 24 hours per month then you have to register as an employer.
Do I have to register my domestic worker for UIF?
In general everybody person who works for you for more than 24 hours per month has to be registered with the Unemployed Insurance Fund.
If you employ a foreigner you need to verify that this person is legally allowed to work in South Africa. Foreigners also have to contribute to the UIF. They need a valid work permit.
Do I have to contribute to the UIF?
Yes, it is your responsibility to make the necessary deductions from your employee's salary and pay this together with your contribution to the UIF. If you fail to do this penalties will be applied.
How much are the contributions?
You need to deduct 1% of your employee's salary and add the same amount from your own pocket. For example: If your domestic worker earns R3000 per month, you need to deduct R30 from her salary and add R30 from your own money and pay R60 to the UIF every month.
When do these contributions have to be paid?
You have to pay before the 7th of each month.
How can UIF-Hero assist?
Read this page which details the service we can provide. But in short, we can assist in registering you as an employer and link the employee to you. We also assist with setting up the monthly debit orders for UIF contributions via ufiling.