Is your business ready to hire more overseas workers?

‘The future of HR is borderless’, so it is time to be switched on, says John Paul Caffery

Globalisation and digitalisation have played a huge role in the jobs market; organisations can now hire anyone, anywhere. But it’s still a challenge, and one that HR teams need to manage effectively.

Recent data from Indeed has shown a significant surge in foreign interest in UK jobs, doubling in numbers. To ensure your talent acquisition function is equipped to handle such an influx, there are several considerations to keep in mind.

Localised systems and processes

One size doesn't fit all when it comes to HR operations, especially in the context of hiring foreign nationals. The systems you have in place must be agile, adaptable and align to the diverse needs of different regions. 

Localisation is paramount. From sourcing talent to acquisition and onboarding, language and system accessibility should be seamless to provide a positive experience. In a world where diversity is the norm, flexibility is key.

The right solutions for you

The ease of hiring foreign nationals hinges on the level of research and preparation undertaken. HR teams must conduct thorough research to ensure a smooth hiring process.

With so many tools and platforms available, identifying the right sourcing tools and strategies tailored to your business becomes crucial.

A multi-channel sourcing strategy is often necessary to navigate the complexities and nuances around hiring in different regions. System accessibility, local regulations, security and data considerations can vary significantly, making research a vital part of the equation.

Legal compliance and frameworks

Legal considerations vary from one region to another. While data and privacy compliance are universal concerns, the specific legal and regulatory requirements can differ greatly. Robust frameworks for data and privacy are non-negotiable. 

Employment contracts must adhere to local legislation, which can change frequently. Fortunately, many global talent acquisition platforms now come equipped with built-in legal frameworks to streamline the hiring process, ensuring compliance is met effectively.

Cultural and social considerations

Creating a comfortable and inclusive environment for foreign national hires is imperative. Language, as discussed, is an important first step; candidates need to be able to communicate effectively and feel comfortable. 

Onboarding should align with the local cultures and practices of the employees. Benefits and flexibility offerings can vary significantly from one country to another, so strive to match these with local expectations. While it may be challenging initially, as you hire more people from different countries, the process becomes a lot more manageable.

Opening the office to the rest of the world

In essence, tools that provide local insights and knowledge are indispensable for HR departments looking to hire foreign nationals. HR teams need to cover localisation, legal considerations and system accessibility, and many tools today offer such solutions to the challenge of hiring talent from around the world.

With increased competition to acquire talent in the jobs market, hiring foreign nationals is a key part of the talent acquisition mix. Adaptable systems, thorough research, legal compliance and cultural sensitivity are the cornerstones of successful international recruitment.

With the right tools and strategies, HR professionals can harness the diverse pool of talent that the world has to offer, contributing to their organisation's growth and success. Embrace the global talent landscape; the future of HR is borderless.

John Paul Caffery is CEO of RAMP.Global