Are you aware that there are dozens of millions of foreign workers in the world? In 2017, in the US alone, there were more than 27 million employed foreigners, while Saudi Arabia has around 11 million.
The main reason why people move abroad is generally to have a better life. Some of them bring their families along, while some send back as much money as they can. In addition, recent graduates are looking for new challenges, experiences and expect the salaries to be higher in other countries.
In Germany, for example, there is a high demand for health specialists, IT specialists and engineers, while Iceland is lacking a workforce in the construction industry. Depending on what your company does, determine whether there is a lack of specialists in that sector in your country. Some countries, such as Australia, do not allow companies to hire foreign workers if there is already a person with the appropriate skillset living there. However, if there is a shortage of a specific skillset, these are the things you should know when hiring a foreign workforce.
Finding the right people
When you first start looking for candidates, you can turn to a professional agency. They already have contacts and can sometimes find the right person for you quite quickly. You can also contact your network of acquaintances and business partners from other countries to see whether they can recommend you someone. Another option that many people turn to nowadays is posting a job advertisement online.
When composing your job ad, you need to be very precise. Give a thorough description of the work requirements, what will be expected of the potential employees, whether you are seeking someone with a particular degree and skillset, etc.
Also, be specific when talking about compensation. Let them know what they can expect when it comes to how much they can earn, when to expect the payment and the method of it.
Seeing as how many people move to foreign countries without first finding a job, they might need accommodation. If you provide this as well, include it in your job description.
Do a background check
Of course, you need to ask for your potential employees’ references and can even contact some of their previous employers. Look at their LinkedIn page to see their previous work experience. Checking them out on social networks is also a good idea, to see if they would fit into your company.
Schedule a Skype interview if you can’t meet in person. This way, you will still be able to ask all the necessary questions and see how they act in certain situations. However, if you still feel there is a need to make sure the person you are hiring is honest and will not scam you, you can always do a background check.
Probation and termination policies
It is common for companies to first offer a probation period to a worker. This way, you can give them some less important tasks to ease their transition and see how they handle the pressure of the job. Gradually increase the workload and determine whether they are the right fit for you.
Concerning the termination policies, make sure your HR explains everything to the employees. Both termination and probation are regulated by the laws of your country, so make sure you are up-to-date with them.
Speaking of the laws of your country, you have to make sure to follow them to the letter. You need to be certain that your workers have all the proper documentation, visas and permits to work in your country. For example, some New Zealand visa categories require a person to have a job offer before their application is approved. If any of your workers are there illegally, you’ll have to pay a fine and your company might even be shut down.
In this case, finding a reliable immigration solicitor is your best course of action. With constant changes of rules and regulations, they will be able to tell you what is in your best interest, check the requirements and offer advice.
When hiring foreign workers, the most important thing to keep in mind is the laws and regulations. You can’t let negligence lead your business to failure. Hiring workers from other countries is a good idea, just make sure to do it legally.