ZAMBIA (June 6, 2017) – Zambia adopts stricter Employment Permit requirements
The Zambian government is interested in limiting foreign nationals’ work for jobs which local employees are qualified
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Zambia has revised its Employment Permit application policies, including rules on where to submit applications, compliance with Zambianization policies and documentation requirements.
What does the change mean? The changes are largely aimed at ensuring that jobs Zambian nationals can fill are filled locally, which may make recruiting foreign workers more difficult. Foreign workers are likely to receive Employment Permits with shorter validity periods and companies will be expected to help train local workers. Authorities have also increased documentation requirements and have indicated they will conduct more frequent audits.
Background: The Zambian government recently announced new guidelines for employment permits. The changes will affect the following areas:
BAL Analysis: Employers should take note of the changes and make sure they are in compliance with the new rules. The Zambian government seems particularly interested in limiting foreign nationals’ work in Zambia in jobs for which local employees are qualified or for which they can be trained. Employers should prepare for a more difficult and time-consuming process when recruiting foreign workers.
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