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Haiti Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Haiti




Haitian Gourde (HTG)


French, Haitian Creole

Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Haiti or officially the Republic of Haiti is located in Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. Known for low labour cost, it is a free market economy. Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and mining are primary industries in Haiti and manufacturing and energy are secondary industries.

Major economic hubs:

Port-au-Prince, Carrefour

Skills in demand:

Textile and apparel industry

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Haiti are as follows:

Uni1 34

Université d’Etat d’Haiti (State University of Haiti)


Local: 1

World: 7901

Uni2 33

Université d’Etat d’Haiti (State University of Haiti)


Local: 2

World: 8981

Uni3 34

Université d’Etat d’Haiti (State University of Haiti)


Local: 3

World: 10796

Uni4 33

Université Royale d’Haïti (Royal University of Haiti)


Local: 4

World: 11063

Uni5 32

Université d’Etat d’Haiti (State University of Haiti)


Local: 5

World: 11215

Salary Data

To give employers a glimpse of the salary data, here we are sharing salary data of some of the common jobs in Haiti:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (HTG) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Financial Manager 130,000 889.32
General Manager 116,000 793.55
Business Development Manager 97,800 669.04
Financial Analyst 80,500 550.70
Business Analyst 78,000 533.59
Project Manager 83,700 572.59
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Employing in Haiti

To hire employees in Haiti, employers need to follow the employment law of the country.

Employee Contract

To hire an employee, employers need to have a formal employment agreement with the employee. It should be written in French or Creole.

Probation Period

The probation period for Haitian employees must not exceed three months.

Public and Provincial Holidays 2023

Haitian employees are entitled to 13 public holidays.

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day / Independence Day National holiday
2 Jan Heroes’ Day / Ancestors’ Day National holiday
21 Feb Carnival / Shrove Tuesday National holiday
22 Feb Carnival / Ash Wednesday National holiday
7 Apri Good Friday National holiday
1 May Agriculture and Labor Day National holiday
18 May Flag Day / University Day National holiday
28 May Mother’s Day National holiday
17 Oct Dessalines Day National holiday
18 Nov Vertières Day National holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day National holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leaves 15 days ( after one year of service) Yes
Sick Leave 15 days Yes
Maternity Leave 12 weeks Yes


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Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle in Haiti is Monthly.

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Minimum Wage

Minimum wages vary between HTG 350 to HTG 770 based on industry and profession.

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Overtime Pay

The standard working hours in Haiti are 48 hours for a six-day workweek. The Haitian Labor Law allows overtime of maximum 80 hours per quarter, payable at a rate of 50% above the regular hourly rate.


13th Month Pay:

Employees are entitled to 13th Month salary that is usually paid in the month of December every year.

Employee Benefits:

  • Earned Leave
  • Maternity Leave
  • 13th Month Salary
  • Health Insurance
  • Pension


Employer Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Contribution
National Old Age Insurance/ Social Security contribution 6%
Sickness & Maternity Insurance 3%
Occupational Accident Insurance 2% (employers in the commercial sector)

Employee Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Contribution
National Old Age Insurance/ Social Security contribution 6%
Sickness & Maternity Insurance 3%
Payroll Tax 2%

Employee Income Tax

Income range (in HTG) Rate
Up to 60,000 0%
60,001 – 240,000 10%
240,001 – 480,000 15%
480,001 – 1,000,000 25%
Above 1,000,001 30%


The standard rate of VAT in Haiti is 10%.

Offboarding & Termination

Both employer and employee can terminate the employment relationship by giving proper notice. Employer also can terminate the employment contract based on the following reasons:

  • Employee missing from work without permission four times a month or for three consecutive days
  • Employee not complying with safety measures even after warning
  • Employee breaches contract terms and conditions
  • Employees have some criminal history or prisoned for more than one month.
  • Employees submitted false certificates and were unable to perform operations for more than four months of service.

Employees who have completed three months of service are only required to give termination notice. The notice period varies based on service length, as given below:

Service length Notice period
3 – 12 months 15 days
1 – 3 years 1 month
3 – 6 years 2 months
6 – 10 years 3 months
More than 10 years 4 months

There is no severance pay in Haiti.

Visa and Immigration

Foreign nationals who want to work in Haiti, need to have a work permit. They need to apply for work permits at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.  The individual applying for Haiti work permits has to be 21 years old and above, have non-Haitian travel documents, and have plans to stay in Haiti for more than three years.

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Minimum Wage

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