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Djibouti Recruiting & Hiring

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Hiring employees is an essential task for all companies expanding to Djibouti and beyond. Talented employees who are committed to your company will help you build a new location and free up your time to focus on forming valuable business relationships. However, it can be challenging to recruit and hire Djibouti employees while you’re also handling your payroll, managing benefits, and trying to establish a subsidiary.

Instead, Globalization Partners can hire Djibouti employees on your behalf. We’ll use our existing subsidiary to either onboard your preferred candidates or recruit top talent for you. As the Employer of Record, we’ll be responsible for Djibouti employment compliance instead of you, so you can focus your time on building your company.

Recruiting in Djibouti

As exciting as it is to expand your business into a new country, staffing in Djibouti can be a challenge — especially if you’re unfamiliar with the culture and business etiquette. You need to remember that you and your prospective employees will be walking into interviews and meetings with different backgrounds, perspectives, and expectations. 

Making a good first impression is key if you want to establish lasting connections with employees who will stay with your company as it grows. Your level of cultural understanding could make or break your relationship with a potential hire. If this expansion will be your first time working in Djibouti, you may want to keep the following considerations in mind.

1. Greet Potential Hires With a Handshake

Like many other countries, Djibouti typically defaults to a handshake as the accepted greeting in professional settings. One thing to remember is that some women in Djibouti may not be comfortable shaking hands with men. When a man and a woman meet, it’s best for the man to wait for her to initiate the handshake. She may prefer a smile and a nod instead.

2. Build Relationships With Prospective Employees

In Djibouti, people generally like to spend some time getting to know each other before launching into business matters. Small talk is expected at the start of meetings, especially when you’re meeting someone for the first time. Make some casual conversation about personal topics, like family. Taking time to connect with a potential hire will make them more likely to want to work with you in the future.

3. Adjust Your Schedule to Djibouti’s Business Hours

If you’re used to working in a Western country, you may be surprised to learn that Djibouti’s business hours and workweek differ from your parent company’s. In Djibouti, businesses typically operate Saturday through Thursday. Companies also tend to start working as early as 6:30 a.m. and stop early in the afternoon. Keep these hours in mind as you’re scheduling meetings and interviews with candidates.

What Is the Recruitment Process in Djibouti Like?

Understanding the elements of the recruitment process is just as important as learning about the local culture when you’re staffing in Djibouti. If you want to make the most of your company’s resources, you’ll need to figure out the best methods for sourcing talent in-country. You’ll also want to spend some time learning about your legal obligations as an employer in Djibouti. Noncompliance during the hiring process could lead to hefty fines and other setbacks for your business.

In terms of sourcing talent in Djibouti, you have three main options to choose from:

  1. Handle the recruitment process on your own. Your company can advertise positions in local newspapers and online. If you’re just entering the market in Djibouti, you should be prepared to spend several weeks or even months trying to connect with the right candidates.
  2. Outsource the recruitment process with the help of a local employment agency. Some hiring agencies come with steep fees, so you’ll need to weigh the advantages of speeding up the staffing process against your company’s budget. You should also remember that your company will still be responsible for the compliance risks of hiring employees through an agency.
  3. Partner with a global PEO as your company’s Employer of Record. Working with a PEO that offers recruitment as part of their platform can save your company time and money during your expansion. Choosing this option also removes the compliance risks from your shoulders.

Legal Requirements for Staffing and Recruiting in Djibouti

Djibouti’s laws for staffing may not be as extensive as those in some other countries, but compliance is still essential. Under Djibouti’s constitution, employees have the right to join trade unions and associations — so a candidate’s membership in a union should not be a factor in any hiring decisions. To stay compliant, your recruiting team should avoid any mention of unions during meetings and interviews.

How to Hire Employees in Djibouti

You need to hire your Djibouti employees using an employment contract that’s either fixed or indefinite. Fixed-term contracts cannot go past 12 months, but you can renew them once. All contracts should use the employee’s local language. You can include factors ranging from compensation to benefits to termination requirements in your employment contract, and all salary amounts or other compensation should be in Djiboutian francs rather than other currencies.

Djibouti Employment Compliance Laws

Djibouti’s employment compliance laws favor nationals, as companies can hire foreigners only when there are no local workers with the required skills. The National Investment Promotion Agency has a database of skilled and unskilled workers available, so it should be easy to find the individuals your company needs.

Other laws apply once you officially hire Djibouti employees. For example, employees cannot work more than 48 hours a week unless otherwise stipulated in an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

Onboarding Employees in This Country

Your company is free to onboard employees using a process that works best for you. That said, it’s a good idea to always review an employment contract as part of the onboarding process to make sure you and the employee are on the same page. We also recommend creating a job training program for each position you hire for. If you do, employees will feel completely confident stepping into their new roles with your business.

Djibouti Hiring Outsourcing Benefits

Many companies simply don’t have the time to hire and onboard employees while running a new company location. When that’s the case, Globalization Partners can help with Djibouti hiring outsourcing. We’ll hire and onboard employees on your behalf using our Djibouti PEO. As a result, your employees will start working faster and have a positive hiring experience. Plus, you can feel confident that we’ll meet all Djibouti employment compliance laws on your behalf.

Another important benefit of outsourcing with a global PEO such as Globalization Partners is that you won’t have to set up your own entity. It could take months to set up your subsidiary, causing you to lose important candidates who you wanted to hire. Instead, Globalization Partners will make sure you stay compliant and save you time.

Contact Us Today

If you’re planning an expansion to Djibouti, Globalization Partners is ready to help. Contact us todayfor additional information about Djibouti hiring outsourcing.

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