A landlocked country in Africa that borders Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Togo, Burkina Faso paves the way to business investment opportunities, and numerous multinationals are capitalising on the chance to expand there.
Expanding into a new country can be challenging if your organisation is not familiar with the cultural norms, legal requirements, and market insights, especially if your organisation does not have an office in Burkina Faso yet. Most international organisations who enter new countries for the first time engage the services of experienced and trusted partners for the purposes of outsourcing business processes, including HR outsourcing solutions where there is a requirement to employ and payroll resources in-country.
In addition to enabling fast-market entry, coupled with the relevant legal, compliance, and employment outsourcing procedures being delivered by our in-country specialists, Africa HR Solutions provides the Burkina Faso HR outsourcing support required to facilitate, and add value to, your expansion into Burkina Faso.
We provide end-to-end HR outsourcing support tailored according to our client’s requirements, which encompass services such as Professional Employer Organisation (PEO), Employer of Record, payroll solutions, and a spectrum of ancillary support services to help you grow your footprint in the country.
Population: 21.3 million
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $15.75 bn
GDP Growth: 6.5 %
Inflation : 1.9 %
Foreign Direct Investment (% of GDP): 3.3 %
Unemployment Rate: 6.1 %
Currency: West African CFA franc
Encompassing a mixed economic system, Burkina Faso is heavily dependent on the agricultural industry, with more than 25% of the population employed in the sector. The major cash crop remains cotton and gold is the most fundamental export. The country is Africa’s fifth gold-producing country, ranked after South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana, and Mali. For the past few years, Burkina Faso has placed much emphasis on the transformation of the economic system as well as the welfare benefits of its people. While the strong growth of the economy relates to the industrial sector, the primary and secondary sectors are considered to be the major drivers of the country’s growth ambitions.
The largest ethnic group is the Mossi.
The school week runs from Monday through Saturday.
The country is well known for its art and culture and also hosts the biggest craft market in Africa.
There is a young population with over 65% of the population under the age of 25.
Most food is accompanied by a sauce. Sorghum, millet, rice, maize, peanuts, potatoes, bean, yams, and okra are considered staple foods.
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Burkina Faso is considered a low-income Sahelian country with finite natural resources. Agriculture remains the largest driver of the economy, where 80% of the workforce is involved. Gold and cotton dominate the export sector of the country. As Burkina Faso aims at minimizing the poverty gap, the country is looking at a multisectoral approach for a thorough understanding of the factors that could result in improved, more productive, and sustainable job opportunities in the tradeable sector. The population is expected to increase from 18 million in 2015 to 43 million by 2050. Hence the country needs to create more than 300,000 jobs every year to accommodate the rising workforce.
Employees in Burkina Faso are entitled to vacation, sick and parental leave. From a termination perspective, employees are generally entitled to the following notice periods:
Hourly workers: 8 days
Regular workers: 1 month
Executives, supervisors, technicians, etc.: 3 months
In terms of social security taxation, employees are taxed 5.5% of their wages and 16% is contributed by employers. Employers are also required to pay payroll tax at 3%.
Whether recruiting locals or hiring expatriates in Burkina Faso, corporate benefits are usually scrutinized by prospective candidates as part of the employment package being offered. Working alongside a specialised partner such as Africa HR Solutions will allow you to define an appropriate and competitive benefits scheme, whilst taking into consideration the country’s regulations and market norms.
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Kevina Takoordyal has a BA Hons Business Management from the University of Glamorgan, UK, with MBA in leadership and Innovation, MBA General, PMP Certified, and Agile Scrum Master. She currently works as the Head of Operations at Africa HR Solutions Ltd with more than 20 years of proven leadership capabilities in Operations, Business Development, People Management, Process Optimization, and Project Management in the Financial Services, BPO, Banking Industry, and Heath Care Industry. In Senior leadership roles with an international footprint across Europe working and extensive Pan- African experience from a compliance, finance, and operations angle, Kevina comes across with a panoply of cross-functional skills. Kevina also serves on a few Boards, Non-Independent Executive at MioD and for NGOs on a voluntary basis, a coach and mentor to aspiring female leaders across Africa and Mauritius.
Kevina is a firm believer in Servant Leadership with a strong focus and commitment to uplifting others, with the ability to deliver through a highly engaged – diverse team, and works towards consistently synergistic value creation. While being a focused and adaptive thinker and Kevina is actively participating in panel discussions on Innovation, CX, Digital transformation.
Kevina serves as Project Assessor for the National Youth upskilling program. She has been recognized as Global Talent in a few companies, Ceridian, and International SOS Ltd whereby she has been awarded a few scholarships and had the opportunity to be mentored by Senior Vice President in the US. Award Winner in various fields and at a national level and recognized including Super Achiever Leader Award in Africa in 2016, Awarded Africa Women Leader 2018.
A qualified lawyer who joined Africa HR Solutions in July 2020, Mark Du Preez has experience working in private practice for a reputable law firm in South Africa. He also played commercially focused roles at a leading private bank, wealth management company, and outsourcing firm in South Africa and Mauritius.
Mark has played a pivotal role in Africa HR Solution’s risk mitigation strategy, which positively impacted P&L performance over the years.
He currently leads the Partnerships function of the company including relationships and oversight with in-country partners (ICPs) across Africa.
Alex has more than 15 years of experience in the global, strategic development of both enterprise and consumer brands in categories including technology, transport, enterprise software, entertainment, and travel.
With experience in roles on both agency and corporate side, he has worked across international brands and has led the development and execution of multi-discipline campaigns across EMEA, NORAM and Asia Pacific.
His focus is on driving meaningful business impact through brand differentiation and building high-functioning, digitally oriented, and analytically driven capabilities. He is motivated by working with, and developing dynamic people, teams, and organizations.
He leads, manages, develops and mentors the Key Account Management department, including line management responsibility for the team of Key Account Managers and Key Account Administrator who represent the Company as the primary communication link between all relevant stakeholders, including clients, third party in-country partners and internal functions.
Originally from Mauritius, he holds bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Finance and Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.