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UIF – What Does It Mean?



UIF - What Does It Mean?

UIF – What Does It Mean?. The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides short-term relief in the form of monetary assistance to workers who become unemployed or are unable to work due to maternity leave, adoption leave, commissioning parental leave, parental leave, or long-term illness. This assistance is also available to the dependants of a deceased contributor.

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Contributions vs Benefits

It’s important to distinguish between UIF contributions and UIF benefits:

  • UIF Contributions: These are amounts deducted from each employee’s payslip by the employer and paid over to the Fund on behalf of the employee.
  • UIF Benefits: These are amounts paid to individuals from the Fund as relief for periods when they are unemployed or unable to work.

SimplePay calculates the UIF contribution for each payslip and provides the relevant filing documents required for the contribution. More details on monthly submissions can be found here:

Filing and Processes > Monthly Submissions

SimplePay also generates the individual UI-19 form and UI-2.7 form to assist with the application for UIF benefits. However, SimplePay is not involved in the UIF benefits process. For all benefit queries, please contact the Department of Labour.

Information on UIF benefit applications is available in this article:

Assisting Employees with UIF Claims

For more details on the UI-19 and UI-2.7 forms, refer to this help article:

Payroll Processing > Service Periods > Ending an Employee’s Service

UIF Contributions

UIF is calculated as 2% of an employee’s remuneration for UIF purposes, split evenly between the employee and employer, i.e., 1% contributed by the employee and 1% contributed by the employer.

Remuneration for UIF purposes is the employee’s remuneration, less certain exclusions such as commission, and is subject to a monthly income cap of R17,712. The maximum UIF contribution for each party is, therefore, R177.12 a month (R354.24 in total). For employees paid at more regular intervals (e.g., weekly), this cap is apportioned across their pay periods, which may lead to slightly lower UIF contributions in the last pay period of the month.

The total UIF contribution (employee + employer) must be paid monthly based on the amounts contained in the EMP201 and UI-19. More details on these concepts can be found here:

Filing and Processes > Monthly Submissions

For more information on how the UIF cap is applied to employees who are not paid monthly, please see this FAQ page.

UIF Trace

The UIF trace provides information on how the UIF contribution is calculated for an employee. To view the UIF trace, go to an employee’s profile and navigate to the relevant payslip. Open the web view for the payslip by clicking on More next to Preview (draft payslips) / View (finalised payslips).

Click on UIF – employee or UIF – employer to view the UIF trace. You can then drill further down into the calculation by clicking on Income subject to UIF to view how the income subject to UIF is determined.

Exemption from UIF

UIF contributions must be made for all employees unless they are expressly excluded by the relevant legislation. For more information, see this article:

Payroll Setup > Employee Setup > Employee Classification

Independent contractors who are deemed to be employees will also be exempt from UIF contributions. More details can be found here:

Independent Contractors

Multiple Employers

Section 5 of the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act states that every employer and employee must contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Fund, provided that it applies to them. This means that UIF is calculated per source of income. Therefore, if an employee works for multiple employers, they must pay UIF with each employer, even if the cap may be reached with one employer.

For example, if an employee works at two different companies and each company pays them R20,000, they will contribute R177.12 per month to the UIF from each salary (i.e., a total of R354.24 would be contributed per month). Their contribution is not limited to a cap of R177.12 across all sources of income.

If the employee becomes retrenched from both companies, they can claim UIF for their employment at both companies, receiving two benefit payments.


UIF provides crucial financial support to workers during times of unemployment or inability to work due to various reasons. Understanding the distinction between UIF contributions and benefits, and knowing the process, can help employees and employers manage their obligations and claims effectively.

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UIF Benefits

UIF Means Payment in Progress



UIF Means Payment in Progress

UIF Means Payment in Progress. When you see the status “payment in progress” regarding your Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) payment, it indicates that several essential steps are being taken to ensure the accurate and timely disbursement of funds. Here’s a detailed explanation of what this status entails:

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UIF Means Payment in Progress

1. Verification of Eligibility

The first step in the UIF payment process is to verify that the applicant meets all the necessary criteria to receive the benefit. This involves checking the individual’s employment history, reasons for unemployment, and ensuring that all required documentation has been submitted and is in order. The verification process is crucial to prevent fraud and ensure that only eligible individuals receive the funds.

2. Calculation of the Amount to be Disbursed

Once eligibility is confirmed, the next step is to calculate the exact amount of money that the applicant is entitled to receive. This calculation is based on several factors, including the applicant’s previous earnings, the length of their employment, and the specific rules and regulations governing UIF disbursements. Accurate calculation ensures that the applicant receives the correct amount and helps maintain the financial integrity of the fund.

3. Initiating the Transfer of Funds

After verifying eligibility and calculating the disbursement amount, the final step is to initiate the transfer of funds to the applicant’s bank account. This involves coordinating with financial institutions and ensuring that all technical and administrative aspects of the transfer are correctly handled.

Why the Status Remains “Payment in Progress”

During the period in which these steps are being carried out, the status of your UIF payment will show as “payment in progress.” This status indicates that the processing of your payment is actively underway and includes all the necessary checks and calculations required before the funds can be released to you. It’s important to note that this stage is critical for the accuracy and security of the entire process, and any delays usually mean that the relevant authorities are ensuring all details are correct.


Seeing a “payment in progress” status should reassure you that your UIF payment is being carefully processed. This comprehensive approach ensures that the right amount reaches the right person, maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of the UIF system. If you have been waiting for an extended period, it might be worth contacting the relevant UIF office for an update, but generally, this status means that things are moving as expected within the processing pipeline.

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