Hiring in Ethiopia

A North-East African nation rich in history, Ethiopia is famous for its coffee, its diverse natural landscape and as the place where modern humans first emerged. Today, Ethiopia is on a journey to modernisation that isn’t without its challenges.

Thanks to a turbulent succession of political parties, economics in Ethiopia aren’t transparent. Land ownership is managed tightly by the state and Ethiopia’s main exports, made up overwhelmingly by coffee, gold and zinc, see proceeds distributed unevenly.

Despite super-fast growth since 2000 (averaging over 10% between 2004 and 2014), Ethiopia has one of the lowest GDPs per capita of any nation in the world. Working practices are still underdeveloped and much work is undertaken on an informal basis.

However, Ethiopian workers have advanced skill sets in manufacturing, farming and there is a labour surplus which is attracting investment, especially from China.

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Why use TopSource Worldwide in Ethiopia?

We free your teams from the burden of managing payroll across borders, working diligently to ensure a seamless process across all activities.

We’ll manage the data flow from you to every local market and will return data to you in a readable format for each of your key teams, including payroll journals if needed.

Our services combine process excellence with a human-centric approach, and our top priority is always the care and compliance of your payroll — no matter where in the world you operate.


  • Leverage our experience and ensure in-country Payroll compliance.
  • Reduce processing and back office time.
  • Align processes, reducing complexity and risk
  • A single, centrally managed payroll system that delivers a fluid and consistent service to you and your employees.
  • Flexibility of service — adapting to your needs, regardless of the market.
  • The option to work with other providers you already have in place, if needed.
  • Global HR data management and data tracking where required.
  • Global payments support for both employees and authorities.
  • A dedicated team and account manager so that you always have a central point of contact

What TopSource Worldwide provides in Ethiopia

  • Simplicity – we provide one monthly consolidated invoice for the services provided inclusive of salaries, taxes, fees and employee expenses. This reduces banking costs and your finance teams time spent.
  • One point of contact – a single Account manager looking after all your Payroll.
  • Compliance – all funds payable to the employee are processed through payroll. You receive monthly evidence of taxation paid to the competent authorities in country.
  • All services are provided by in-country experts that are professionally qualified in their respective fields.
  • Electronic payslips for all employees.
  • All Statutory filing completed by TopSource Worldwide.

We appreciate each situation and business is different. That is why we offer a consultative and bespoke solution to every client. We know one size does not ‘fit all’.

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