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Business UIF Registration - Department of Labour


1. What is UIF and when must a business register for it? 

According to labour law if a business employs any person for more than 24 hours in a month the business must register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).    

2. Does the business or the employees register for UIF? 

The business is registered for UIF. The UIF registration number is registered in the business name and will stand until de-registered. The current employees are linked to this business registration number. It is the responsibility of the business to submit monthly declarations to declare the employees' details, salaries etc. for that specific month before the 7th of the following month, e.g. February 2012 info must be submitted and paid over on/before 7 March 2012.  

3. Does the member(s)/director(s) count as employees? 

If the member(s) directors are actively involved in the business and receives a salary/ drawing from the business they must be added as employees.  

4. I am trading as a sole proprietor? Do I still need to register? 

Yes, as soon as you employ a worker who works for more than 24 hours a month you need to register with the UIF.  

5. The business is already registered with SARS for PAYE and UIF. Do I still need to register with Deparment of Labour? 

No, the business will automatically be registered with Department of Labour by SARS once registered for PAYE.  

6. When must a business register for PAYE with SARS? 

As soon as any employee/ member receive more than the monthly tax threshold. Currently at R5 833 monthly (2014 tax year).   

7. What deductions must be made? 

1% must be deducted from the employee's gross salary and 1% must be contributed by the business. Therefore 2% in total. E.g. a worker received a R2 000 salary, R20 to be deducted from his/her salary and R20 to be contributed by the business and paid over to the UIF.  

8. How do I make payment to UIF? 

Payment must be made directly to the UIF accompanied by the monthtly declaration form.  

9. Can you assist in the monthly declarations and payments? 

Yes, we offer a monthly service where we issue electronic payslip to each employee, deduct necessary UIF amount, submit the monthly declaration form and make payment from your nominated bank account. You can get an instant quote on our payroll services here.  

10. Can you assist in back payments towards UIF? 

Yes, if you need to make payments for back periods please send the details of the employees and months to be paid to and we will send you a quote on the amount that needs to be paid. 



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Very important:
  • If any one of the company employees is earning or will be earning more than R5 833 per month the business must register for PAYE/UIF with SARS.
  • Once registered with SARS the business will automatically be registered for UIF with department of labour as well.
  • Therefore this service should only be used if all employees will be earning less than R5 833 per month.
  • To register your business for PAYE/UIF with SARS please click here


What is Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and who needs to register for it?

If you run a business and have employees earning more than the monthly tax threshold (R5 833 per month) the business needs to register for PAYE. If all employees earn less than the tax threshold you still need to register for UIF. The tax threshold for the 2014 financial year is  R5 833  monthly (amount where no tax needs to be deducted). If the business owner/member etc draws a salary from the business he/she will also need to pay over PAYE and UIF except if the business is run as a sole proprietor.

1. How does it work?

Step 1 - fill in the form below.  

Step 2 - pay the R375 online via credit card or any other way. 

After you have submitted the online form below you need to fax/e-mail us a list of all permanent/current employees containing the following information: 

  1. Full names and surname of employee.
  2. ID number of Employee
  3. Date of engagement (date employee started working at the business)
  4. Gross monthly salary (before any deductions).

This info can be e-mailed to or faxed to 086 669 9422.

We do the rest. As soon as the business is registered for UIF you will receive an email stating your UIF number.

2. What is the turnaround time?

A UIF registration takes 21  working days.

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