31st August 2018
Often known as ‘The Gold Coast’, Ghana isn’t perhaps the most obvious destination for some agencies which place contractors internationally, but it is a real gem for those in the know. It is a tranquil place to live and work; in fact, the Global Peace Index recognises it as Africa’s most peaceful country and, globally, ranks it higher than countries including France and the United States.
Fast-growing economy fuels contractor demand
Ghana’s fortunes have seen a dramatic turnaround in recent years and it is now on track to become one of the world’s fastest growing economies. This is fantastic news for agencies and professionals alike, with optimistic business owners increasingly seeking freelance experts to support their growth. In fact, at 6CATS, we have seen an 86% uptick in contractor numbers in the destination from July 2017 – July 2018 alone.
Key areas of opportunity
Our comprehensive data also reveals that businesses in Ghana are relying on overseas contingent experts to fill demand in a range of industries, with particular demand in the Marketing and Energy sectors.
In addition, while natural commodities mean that the country is renowned for opportunities related to the exportation of gold, diamonds, oil and cocoa beans, its President, Nana Akufo-Addo, wants to diversify the economy. Consequently, he has committed to increased investment in manufacturing, agriculture and education, meaning that agencies will see ample opportunities in the very near future to place highly-qualified contractors in these sectors.
Know your stuff
There’s no doubt that there are fantastic opportunities for contracting in the country, but it can be complex. For example, overseas workers need a Work and Residence permit from the Ministry of Labour, and must not be present in Ghana while this is processed. It is also important for agencies to be aware that only highly qualified, experienced candidates will be considered. Once this is awarded, a residence permit must be obtained before work can legally be undertaken, but this can take 3-6 months and so should be a key consideration when working out practical issues such as start dates.
Ghanian laws are complicated but it is essential for all parties involved in a contract placement in the country to be compliant with local legislation. The easiest and safest way to ensure this is to partner with an expert.
Contact our specialist team today to find out how we can help your agency.