Djibouti is one of the smallest states in Africa and is home to the largest number of foreign military bases in Africa, including the United States, France, Great Britain, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and China. The country’s economic outlook remains positive, despite being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with opportunities to develop major sectors of the economy and attract FDI in other industries such as renewable energy, tourism, and digital services, amongst others, to boost its economic growth.
As many organisations expand their international reach, they look for ways to minimise the hassle of understanding and managing complex local matters relating to legal requirements, cultural norms and labour policies. A popular solution is to engage the services of reliable local partners who specialise in business process outsourcing, including employment outsourcing solutions where resources need to be employed in-country and paid accordingly.
If you’re looking to expand into Djibouti, Africa HR Solutions provides the Djibouti HR outsourcing services required to facilitate your plans. We provide a range of employment outsourcing solutions in Djibouti, including services such as Professional Employer Organisation (PEO), Employer of Record, payroll outsourcing, and ancillary support services. Our in-country specialists ensure that our services are legally compliant take into account the cultural practices and market norms applicable to our clients’ industries.
Population: 1 mn
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $3.38 bn
GDP Growth: 6 %
Inflation: 3.48 %
Foreign Direct Investment (% of GDP): 0.1 %
Unemployment Rate: 11.1 %
Capital: Djibouti City
Currency: Djiboutian franc
Languages: Arabic, French
The economy is driven by a high-end port complex, one of the most sophisticated in the world. The port is an efficient channel to trade, given Djibouti’s largest and major trading partner is Ethiopia. The main natural resources of Djibouti that can be maximised are tourism, marine resources yet to be tapped to support artisanal fishing, telecommunication cables under the sea, digital and service sectors, as well as renewable energy that can be a new driver of growth for the economy considering the fact that Djibouti has huge potential in geothermal, solar, and eolian transformation.
The national animal is the Elk.
The country receives around 73,000 visitors yearly.
Football is among the most popular sport in the country.
Djibouti has 195 miles of coastline, consisting of gold and white sandy beaches.
The country has a semi-arid climate which is very hot and dry.
Located in eastern Djibouti, the Gulf of Tadjoura is one of the richest areas in the world for coral and fish species.
Skudahkharis is considered the national dish of Djibouti, made of rice, lamb, and cardamom.
New Year’s Day
Ascension of the Prophet
Independence Day (2 day
Islamic New Year
Birth of the Prophet
Djibouti is a stable country located on the horn of the African continent with Ethiopia as its major trading partner, with main exports including hides, salt, coffee, beans, and cereals. Djibouti is also investing in various service industries to develop its economy further and create more employment opportunities.
Employees are eligible for sick, vacation, and parental leave. Probation periods depend on the type of job position and the contract type. Regarding termination, indefinite term contracts may be ended due to misconduct, force majeure, tough economic situations, court orders, and a written agreement on both sides. Individuals pay income taxes from 2% to 30%, depending on their monthly income. Both employers and employees pay 4% of their monthly salary to social security. Employers additionally contribute 6.2% of monthly salaries to disability insurance and 5.5% of monthly salaries to family allowances.
Engaging the services of Africa HR Solutions will enable you to focus on growing and streamlining your business in Djibouti by deploying a proven HR outsourcing strategy. We deliver all relevant employment outsourcing and payroll procedures in accordance with the applicable legal requirements and customary practices, including devising an attractive employee benefits scheme for your local national and/or expatriate resources.
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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.