What you need to know when hiring workers from abroad

Wednesday July 6, 2022

Recruitment continues to be a top priority for many firms this year as employers seek adequate resource following the Great Resignation.

In a trend which seems to have emerged since the pandemic, a wave of leavers has left some businesses and sectors dealing with serious staffing issues. We have seen evidence of this in the hospitality and airline industries.

SMEs are not exempt and would be wise to think ahead as it’s thought that one in five workers are likely to change their job in the coming year.

When an employee decides that it’s time to move on, it can feel like a bump in the road at first, but quickly becomes a change in direction. It presents you with an opportunity to rethink what and who you need to take your business forward from here on.

Thinking outside the box

When recruiting for your business, thinking outside the box may lead to looking further afield and you could be considering hiring overseas workers.

There are many benefits to employing workers from overseas for your business, such as reaching a wider talent pool, plugging skills gaps, and introducing new ideas and ways of thinking to your team.

As with any recruitment, the process must comply with employment law, and there are a few extra steps to consider when hiring a worker from overseas.

Hiring workers from overseas

HR has an important role to play in helping you to tick all the relevant boxes associated with immigration. The below will need to be on your radar.

Employment permits
Employees who are citizens of the EEA (EU, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein), Switzerland and the UK do not need an employment permit to live and work in Ireland.

Anyone else coming to Ireland for work must apply for an employment permit and may also need a visa.

There are the two types of employment permit, each with specific eligibility criteria:

Critical Skills Permit – Requires a minimum salary of €60,000 and a relevant degree or specific experience.

For salaries between €30,000 and €59,999 the job must be on the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List. Relevant experience and qualifications are needed along with a two-year job offer.

General Employment Permit – Requires a job offer from a bona fide employer, a minimum salary of e30,000 and a labour market needs test – some exceptions apply.

To sponsor someone who needs an employment permit you need to be registered with the Irish Revenue Commissioners and the Companies Registration Office. Additionally, 50% of your workforce must be EEA nationals and a labour market needs test may apply.

Beyond the paperwork

Hiring doesn’t end with the HR admin and paperwork. For your new hire to be a success, you’ll need a thorough induction that welcomes them to the company and supports them as they adjust to their new surroundings.

Scheduling some team socials, or perhaps even a family day for all employees, can really help.

If you’re thinking of hiring employees from overseas and need advice for your business, call us today.

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