Birches Group Employer Roundtable and On-site Visit to Port-au-Prince, Haiti

We are pleased to announce that Birches Group will be in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from September 16-20, 2019. We will also be conducting an employer roundtable on September 16, 2019, 9am-12pm at the Karibe Hotel.  The event is sponsored by Birches Group in partnership with Strategys.

The event will feature an updated presentation on Compensation and Benefits Trends in Haiti and more information about the Birches Group surveys in the region, which is updated three times every year, in April, July and October.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with our clients and potential participants, share information about the challenges of managing compensation and benefits in in Haiti and to learn more about our integrated approach to HR management, Community™

For more information, please contact us.

Birches Group Employer Roundtable in Haiti

We are pleased to announce an employer roundtable in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on June 11, 2018 at the Karibe Hotel.  The event is sponsored by Birches Group in partnership with Strategys.

The event will feature a presentation on Compensation and Benefits Trends in Haiti, as well as information about the Birches Group survey in Haiti, which is updated three times annually.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with peers and share information about the challenges of managing compensation and benefits in Haiti.

For more information, please contact us.

Employer Roundtable Session in Haiti

We are pleased to announce an employer roundtable in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on October 9, 2017 at the Karibe Hotel.  The event is sponsored by Birches Group in partnership with Strategys.

The event will feature a presentation on Compensation and Benefits Trends in Haiti, as well as information about the Birches Group survey in Haiti, which is updated three times annually.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with peers and share information about the challenges of managing compensation and benefits in Haiti.

For more information, please contact us.

Birches Group Announces New Collaborative Partnerships

Birches Group is pleased to announce three new collaborative partnerships as part of the company’s effort to grow our business in key markets globally.  The new partnerships cover Southern Africa (14 countries); Malawi and Haiti.

Seath Consulting – Our new partnership with Seath Consulting, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, is focused on fourteen countries in southern Africa: Angola; Botswana; Lesotho; Madagascar; Malawi; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; São Tome; Seychelles; South Africa; Swaziland; Zambia; and Zimbabwe.

Under the partnership, Seath Consulting will represent Birches Group in these markets with the aim to grow our surveys in all of the subject countries.  They will also identify opportunities for collaborative consulting projects.  We are already seeing the benefits of this partnership, in Malawi, where another partnership agreement has been reached through the efforts of Seath Consulting.

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Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) – We have reached an agreement with ECAM, the leading association for employers in Malawi, with over 250 member companies.  ECAM will co-sponsor our multisector survey and help to promote survey participation to all association members.  We will also be exploring possible training and other activities to provide professional development opportunities for HR professionals in Malawi.

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Strategys Group – This firm, based in Haiti, will represent Birches Group in the Haiti market. The two principals are already familiar with our surveys for multisector and NGO clients, having been clients previously, and so are well equipped to promote the survey in the Haiti market.  Strategys provides a wide range of human resources services, including executive recruitment, talent management and employee engagement. We will also collaborate on compensation and benefits consulting projects (one project has already been completed).

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We look forward to these new collaborations and serving our clients in Haiti and southern Africa.

Compensation Trends in Haiti

Haiti, part of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola which it shares with the Dominican Republic, is a small but dynamic labor market.  Six years ago, Haiti was struck by a massive earthquake, causing a drop in GDP of -5.5%.  Since then, however, the country has come back, averaging 3.4% growth each year since 2011.  How has the labor market reacted in recent years?

The Birches Group compensation and benefits survey in Haiti includes private sector organizations in industries such as telecom, cement, consumer goods, etc., as well as diplomatic missions and international organizations. The most recent survey, released in October, 2015, included seventeen employers.

A comparison of representative professional and support positions shows market movement from October, 2014 to October, 2015 at 7.8% for professionals and 5.7% for support roles.  Devaluation against the US dollar was 4.5% during the period, and Inflation (as of February, 2016) is estimated at 14.4% annually (source: Trading Economics). This indicates that employers are moving salaries cautiously, in line with their budgets, and the supply and demand pressures in the labor market.

For Professional positions, represented by the Senior Working Level Professional benchmark job, the graph below shows details of market movement from October, 2014 to October, 2015:

BG-10 Haiti 2014-2015

 

For support roles, represented by the Specialist Service Provider/Technician benchmark, the results are slightly lower:

BG-6 Haiti 2014-2015

 

The full range of the market, as reported in the October, 2015 survey, is shown below:

Haiti Overall Market 2014-2015

 

Birches Group conducts a survey in Haiti three times a year, with release dates in April, July and October.  A separate surveys for international NGOs is also available. Clients can join the survey at any time and get immediate access to the survey results.  For more information, or to register for the survey, please contact us.

Haiti Salary Survey Results Available

The annual survey of compensation and benefits in Haiti conducted by Birches Group is now available.  The survey, which is effective June 1, 2012, includes data from 16 of the leading employers in the country.

The Haitian economy was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010, which destroyed much of the infrastructure in the capital city.  As reconstruction has continued, the economy grew 5.6% in 2011 and is forecast to grow over 7.0% by the World Bank in 2012.  There is widespread unemployment in Haiti – nearly two-thirds of those of working age do not have formal jobs.  This in turn, influences the supply and demand for labor, and has kept labor costs quite low.  At the same time, though, there are skills shortages for higher-level technical and professional roles.

Highlights of the Survey Results

  • Compared to last year, total compensation increased for support staff about 5.3%; professional staff roles were flat.
  • A total compensation package of 3,318,300 Gourdes (78,540 USD) represents the annual income for a typical professional staff member.  83.2% is from base salary, plus fixed allowances of 6.8%; 2.0% for incentives; and 8.1% in-kind benefits.  13th month and car benefits are common.
  • Support staff average compensation is 981,315 Gourdes (23,226 USD).  Base salary accounts for about 90% of the total, with the balance from fixed allowances and in-kind benefits (incentives are not common, accounting for just 0.5%).
  • Health insurance plans are offered by the majority of employers in Haiti.  However, few offer private retirement plans, instead relying on the national social insurance system.  Other in-kind benefits include subsidized loans and mobile phones.

For More Information

If you need more details about our survey in Haiti, or would like to purchase the survey report, please contact us.