If you are looking to enter the Honduran market on a short-term basis or simply need a small number of local executives, hiring via an employer of record (EOR) in Honduras could be a good option.
Because an EOR in Honduras will hire staff on your behalf, meaning that you will retain full control over their schedules and duties, while avoiding the need to go through company formation.
Your employer of record will take responsibility for managing the payroll of those employees, guaranteeing compliance with all local laws and regulations, and will also be able to assist you in recruitment and hiring processes.
An employer of record can also be known as a professional employer organization (PEO), and one of the most common services they provide is payroll outsourcing.
Payroll outsourcing in Honduras Involves the EOR only managing the payroll of staff, eliminating a heavy administrative burden from your core operations.
Read on to understand more about what makes the Honduran market attractive for investment, as well as the advantages related to hiring through an employer of record in Honduras.
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Honduras offers investment opportunities
While the Honduran market is not the best-known investment destination in Latin America, foreign direct investment leapt 60% in the first half of 2021, and there are many reasons why entering the country or hiring staff via an employer of record in Honduras is an attractive proposition.
Honduras has enjoyed consistent and almost continuous growth over recent years, with gross domestic product (GDP) hitting $25.1 billion in 2019 (all figures in USD).
While the COVID-19 pandemic dented the Honduran economy, causing the first major decline in GDP since the early-1990s, recent analysis from the World Bank suggests that it will bounce back with 4.7% growth during 2021.
GDP growth has seen a corresponding rise in prosperity in the country, with gross national income (GNI) hitting an all time high of $2,390 per capita in 2019, before similarly declining in 2020.
A number of factors combine to make Honduras an attractive destination for investment, including strong historic growth, a competitive and young labor pool, an improving security situation, and geographical and logistical assets, being located close to the United States and being home to the largest and deepest port in Central America.
The country is also party to a number of free trade agreements (FTAs), offering preferential access to key markets around the world, including Canada, the European Union, Mexico, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Honduras is well known for its agricultural output, with bananas, coffee, and fish being key export products. It also has a sizable industrial base, with manufactured goods such as electrical equipment and garments also significant to the export economy.
A PEO is also able to offer support with your market incorporation, providing legal and accounting advice. Likewise, a PEO in Guatemala is responsible for compensating staff in the event of resignation, dismissal, or retirement. Note that a PEO is also in charge of paying staff severance, unused vacations, and any other required payments.
How to use a payroll calculator
If you are keen to get an idea of the possible costs involved in payroll outsourcing in Honduras, using a payroll calculator is one way to get a very good estimate.
Because while a payroll calculator won’t be completely accurate, it will give you the opportunity to search according to the salary, the number of employees, the country you want to enter, and the currency you wish to work in. As such, you will be able to understand your likely costs across a range of salaries, while also being able to compare other countries as potential alternative destinations.
You can find the BLH payroll calculator at the bottom of our Hiring & PEO Services page. The calculator will allow you to make good estimations of the costs involved in hiring in Latin America and the Caribbean based on country, currency, and salary, with the calculator factoring in local statutory deductions.
To use the BLH payroll calculator, you will need to undertake the following steps:
Step 1: Select the country
Choose the country where you are doing business, or planning to launch. This feature will be useful when it comes to comparing potential alternative markets.
Step 2: Select the currency you wish to deal in
You can choose between US dollars (USD), British Sterling (GBP) and Euros, as well as the local currency for the country you are looking at, based on that which is most convenient to you. Note that for Ecuador, El Salvador, and Panama, the local currency is also USD, as they have dollarized economies.
Step 3: Indicate an employees monthly income
Here you can indicate the expected salary you will be paying an employee, in the currency of your choice.
Step 4: Calculate your estimated costs
Based on all of the information you have provided, you will receive results indicating your estimated costs, including a breakdown for estimated statutory benefits you will be liable for.
Step 5: Compare your costs to other options
With a good estimate at hand of how much your staff in Honduras would be, if you are flexible about your expansion into Latin America and the Caribbean, you can use the BLH payroll calculator to compare those costs to other jurisdictions.
How can an employer of record in Honduras help?
An employer of record in Honduras will hire staff on your behalf via its locally registered entity. While those workers will officially be employees of the EOR, they will report directly to you, and you will have total control over their duties and schedules. As such, they will effectively be your employees.
The upshot of that arrangement is that you will have local staff in only the time it takes to find them, while your exit from the market can be completed in just the time it takes for a statutory termination period to be completed.
An employer of record in Honduras will also have an established recruitment network, meaning that they will be ideally placed to lead the hiring process, and offer valuable advice about the strengths of different candidates’ profiles.
As part of payroll outsourcing in Honduras — which could be the entire service you contract them for or a part of it — the EOR will also guarantee the timely payment of salaries and oversee deductions from salaries and employer contributions, guaranteeing compliance with the law and maintaining your good standing in the market.
Your employer of record in Honduras will generally provide its services on a cost-per-employee basis, which can be significantly less costly than establishing and maintaining your own local entity.
Benefits of hiring via an EOR in Honduras
The benefits of hiring via an EOR in Honduras include:
Reduced commitment: When you hire via an employer of record in Honduras, your minimize your commitment to the market, providing you with the chance to build familiarity ahead of a deeper investment, and withdraw at short notice and limited cost.
Local connections: Your EOR in Honduras will have a wealth of local knowledge and connections that could be beneficial to your business, not only during the recruitment process, but also when it comes to identifying new partners and providers.
Cost efficiency: While working with an employer of record comes with a fee, that will often be lower than the cost involved in company formation and liquidation, and handling the likes of payroll and compliance in-house.
Time-saving: Hiring via an employer of record in Honduras means getting staff quickly. That can be weeks, or even just days, depending on the profile of the person being hired.
Service options: When you work with an EOR, you can choose from a broad range of services, which start with payroll outsourcing in Honduras, and extend to include recruitment support, as well as assistance with the onboarding and offboarding processes.
When you choose a provider that offers a broader range of back-office services, they can also support you if you subsequently decide to deepen your engagement in the market through the likes of company formation.
Common FAQs when hiring through an Employer of Record (EOR) in Honduras
Based on our experience these are the common questions and doubts of our clients.
You can hire an employee by incorporating your own legal entity in Honduras, and then using your own entity to hire employees or you can hire through an Employer of Record (EOR), which is a third party organization that allows you to hire employees in Honduras by acting as the legal employer. Meaning you do not need a Honduran legal entity to hire local employees.
A standard Honduras employment contract should be written in Spanish (and can also be in English) and must contain the following information:
-ID and address of the employer and employee
-City and date
-The location where the service will be provided.
-Type of tasks to be carried out
-Remuneration and bonifications/commissions (if applicable)
-Method payment frequency
-Duration of the contract.
-Additional benefits (if applicable)
The mandatory employment benefits in Honduras are the following:
-Working tools necessary to carry out the work (if applicable)
-Payment of social security contributions (health, pension, and labor risks).
-Social benefits (severance pay, Christmas bonus, maternity, or paternity leave, middle year bonus).
-Paid time-off (vacation and a day off).
-Transportation allowance (if applicable)
-Overtime and surcharges (if applicable)
For more information on mandatory employment benefits read our recent article on Employment laws in Honduras.
The total cost for an employer to hire an employee in Honduras can vary based on the salary; however, indicatively the employer cost for mandatory employment benefits is 15.37% to percent of the gross employee salary and benefits.
Please use our Payroll Calculator to calculate employment cost.
Biz Latin Hub can be your employer of record in Honduras
At Biz Latin Hub, our multilingual team of corporate support specialists is available to assist you entering and doing business in the Honduran market.
That means that we can be your single point of contact and support you in every aspect of doing business, including but not limited to being your employer of record Honduras.
We have teams in place in 16 countries around Latin America and the Caribbean, and trusted partners that extend our coverage to almost every corner of the region.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can be your EOR in Honduras, as well as providing a range of other services.
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