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The UIF fund pays out set amounts in the case of unemployment, maternity, illness, dependent benefits and adoption benefits.

UIF – Is a monthly payment of 2% of the value of the employee’s monthly pay to the fund. The amount is split between the employer and employee, each pay 1%. The employer must pay this full amount to the fund each month. You may not deduct more than 1% from the employees’s salary. You cannot deduct amounts of money to “catch up” if you fall behind in payments and you are not allowed to charge a fee for deducting and paying UIF.

UIF applies to all employees and workers (including domestic), but do not apply to –

  • workers working less than 24 hours a month for an employer;
  • learners;
  • public servants;
  • foreigners working on contract;
  • Employees in receipt of an old age pension are, since 07/2/2007, no longer excluded from contributing towards UIF; or
  • workers who only earn commission.

For how to register or more details on UIF, please email [email protected]