How Long Does It take to Register for UIF?

By Klenam JU •  Updated: 02/04/24 •  6 min read
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In South Africa? Employed? Unemployed? Ever thought of what to do when you are out of job or unable to work due to one or two reasons like maternity leave or illness? Then look no further; turn your eyes to the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), which was established on April 1, 2002 and is supported by the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (the UI Act) and the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, 2002 (the UIC Act), provides short-term assistance to employees who lose their jobs or are unable to work due to a medical condition, maternity, surrogacy, or parental leave. The dependents of a deceased contributor are also helped by it. These Acts respectively address the benefits that contributors may receive as well as the levying and collection of contributions to the UIF.

How long does it take to register for UIF?

Give or take, after sending your registration number to the agency; it should take you about 10 business days to fully register for UIF.

When must an Employer Register for UIF?

If you employ people for more than 24 hours per month, you must register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and make contributions to the fund. A worker’s monthly UIF contribution is equal to two percent of their monthly gross pay.

To wit: If an employee is entitled to a monthly gross pay of R20,000, the employer is mandated by law to pay a UIF contribution of R400.

One of the following approaches can be used by an employer to register an employee:

How long do you wait after applying for UIF?

How long should I wait to receive compensation? You might be wondering. So, assuming everything else is equal, you ought to begin receiving money from the fund within eight weeks of signing up. After that, until all of the benefits have been used up, the money will be paid every four weeks. Call the Labour Centre and ask them to investigate the delay if you haven’t received your money after eight weeks.

How long does it take for UIF to reflect?

Although your account with the department is updated as soon as you have made the payment instruction, the typical response time from your bank is 24 to 48 hours.

How can I check if I am registered for UIF?

To check online:

You can also submit your application in person at your neighbourhood Labour Department. The secretary needs to know your UIF and ID numbers. In case you have forgotten your UIF number, you can get assistance there. They will be able to tell if your company has been making voluntary contributions to a UIF and if you are registered with one.

If you find out that your company has not registered you with the UIF, you must report this to the Department of Labour. You can do this over the phone or online at their website. Their contact number is 080 003 0007.

How to register with the UIF

To pay UIF contributions, an employer has to visit,  register to pay UIF contributions. Kindly bear in mind that any employer who is registered with SARS for employees’ tax must also register with the agency. Utilising the client information system, you can register just once for all different tax types.

Employers who fall under the following categories are required to register with the UI Commissioner’s office in order to pay UIF contributions:

How long does it take to register?

Unless none of the employees are subject to regular taxation, an employer is required by law to register with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) within 21 business days of becoming an employer.

If you’re an employer and you want to register for payroll taxes, check out these useful links:

In conclusion, the quick steps below encompass everything you need to have at your fingertips when registering for UIF on behalf of your employees.

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