The No. 1 Question Everyone Working in Haiti Should Know How to Answer
For centuries, man has been working. The primary goal of the job was to provide for the family’s needs. Man went hunting in search of food or protecting himself from predators. He then became a land cultivator to provide food for his family. Then the work changed; it was seen as a source of wealth.
Nowadays, work brings certain notoriety and allows you to carve out a place in society; it creates social ties and takes an important position in our daily lives. It is a place for meetings and exchanges. In addition, it allows man to evolve financially and is a means of earning a living. It allows him to survive and ensure his comfort. It also brings man the respect of others.
Since the Stiglitz report (named after the Nobel laureate in economics, the American Joseph Stiglitz), economists have insisted that work is not only paid work, the productive activity of workers: it also includes volunteering and domestic work.
Working in a community requires having preliminary knowledge about it. This requires being informed and staying in tune with market needs and employer requirements.
In the same context, Haiti’s labor market is dynamic. Recruiters have specific needs, are looking for qualified candidates, and are evolving in a competitive market. Employees, for their part, are becoming more demanding, mobile, and, above all, more aware of the opportunities available in this market, thanks to websites such as www.job509.com and social networks on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
According to a study on job opportunities conducted by the DataGrid Analytics team from January 2016 to December 2020, 76.2 percent of job offers published on the JobPaw platform come from foreign institutions/companies. In terms of academic requirements, 74.6 percent of positions require at least a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university.
Regarding professional experience, recruiters require an average of 4.1 years of experience for an undergraduate level compared to 6.7 for a master’s level. Among the most popular fields, project management is the most demanding specialty in terms of experience. In addition, skills related to Geographic Information System (GIS) and Project Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) are among the critical skills sought from candidates. Finally, mastering the Microsoft office pack as a working tool remains in high demand on the market. Click here to read the complete study.
Another study by economist Sonel Pyram as part of the Caribbean Labor Market Observatory (OMEC), an entity of the Institute for Scientific Research, Innovation, and Development (IRSID), shows that since the 2010 earthquake, non-governmental organizations have remained the leading recruiters in the country. Their demand for labor represents more than 65% from 2018 to 2020. Among the offers available, fixed-term contracts are dominant. The latter represent 51.52%.
In addition, several cyclical factors have disturbed the labor market in Haiti:
- The earthquake of January 12 accentuates the dualization of this market and the growing wage gaps between employees in the “NGO or social-private sector” and those in the “private sector.”
- New minimum wage legislation
- The establishment in Haiti of dynamic companies in the telecom sector (Digicel, Natcom) which contribute to energizing the market.
Structural factors also tend to influence the market:
- The adoption of new information technologies by urban populations.
- The slow but continuous improvement of transport axes reinforces urban concentration and offers new perspectives to employees.
In conclusion, work is a source of personal fulfillment. Do you consider your job or your work as a simple means of meeting your needs, or are you instead of searching for a more fulfilled life and a career that will allow you to help others? It’s up to you what you want. It is your happiness, after all!