Algeria Recruiting & HiringReading Time: 4 minutes
If your company has decided on an expansion to Algeria, you have an exciting and challenging chapter ahead of you. The right employees can make it easier on you by handling a demanding workload, working directly with clients, and keeping a positive attitude. However, recruiting and hiring Algeria employees are difficult tasks when you’re not familiar with the country’s laws or don’t have time to identify the best candidates.
Globalization Partners handles all aspects of the hiring process, from meeting Algeria’s employment compliance laws to hiring top candidates. Instead of learning how to hire Algeria employees on your own, take advantage of the fact that we can outsource the process using our existing PEO. We’ll find the best individuals to work for your company, then we’ll add them to our payroll to ensure total compliance.
Recruiting in Algeria
Algeria has a rich cultural heritage, with influences from the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and French. This melting pot can make it difficult to communicate with potential employees, as you need to know the cultural nuances that relate to each ethnic group. Understanding the proper work culture and etiquette will help you create a successful recruiting process and eventually learn how to communicate with business partners in the country.
Below are three things to understand before you start recruiting in Algeria.
1. There Are Two Major Groups
You can split the country’s population into two main groups — Arab and Berber. The Berber community often lives in a few distinct clan bases while Arab individuals live throughout the country. Sunni Muslims make up the majority of the population. While you can learn the variations between each people group, most of the country is unified, especially when celebrating historical events.
2. Punctuality Isn’t Important
While other countries may focus on punctuality, most senior staff members in Algeria set the standards when it comes to time. Although it’s fine for people to arrive late, complete absenteeism is seen as counterproductive and rude. When meeting with potential candidates, make sure you make an appointment in advance then confirm it one to two days prior. During the month of Ramadan, Algerians fast from sunrise to sunset, so it’s important to avoid appointments during this time.
3. Know French and Arabic
Having a basic knowledge of at least French or Arabic will help you negotiate with potential candidates. Speaking a local language can also help you break the ice and personally connect with the people you want to hire. It may also be important to establish a relationship before extending a job offer. While communicating with candidates, make sure to attach a title, as titles and seniority are important and respected in the country.
The Recruitment Process in Algeria
Algeria’s large economy means it heavily relies on nonresident workers. If you decide to hire an individual from another country, they will need a work permit to be eligible for a work visa. They must then obtain a visa from the Algerian embassy or consulate in their home country and show that visa upon arrival to the country.
The most common way to advertise jobs is through both general and specialized job sites as well as professional social networks. Some people may send a resume directly to your company, so it can help to hire a human resources professional to keep up with these contacts.
Meeting the Right Laws While Staffing
Staffing and recruiting for your business include more than finding the right talent — you have to meet employment compliance laws as well. The country’s constitution outlaws discrimination based on sex and requires that the government take action to ensure all citizens have equal rights and duties. In 2016, parliament introduced an article that encouraged businesses and public institutions to promote women to positions with greater responsibility.
The other rights and prohibitions included in the constitution are:
- The right to join and form unions, as long as the individuals are citizens.
- The right for unions to exercise collective bargaining actions.
- The prohibition of all forced or compulsory labor.
- The prohibition of the employment of minors in dangerous, unhealthy, or harmful work conditions.
- The prohibition of employment, salary, and work environment discrimination regarding age, gender, marital status, political beliefs, disability, national origin, union affiliation, and family ties.
While the law prohibits employing minors in dangerous conditions, the country has not decided on a national law or regulation that reveals the types of hazardous work for children. The minimum legal age for employment in the country is 16, but younger children may work as apprentices with permission from their parents or a legal guardian.
How to Hire Algeria Employees
When you decide on an Algeria employee you want to hire, you need to create a written or oral employment contract. All contracts should be in Arabic and include essential information, such as compensation, benefits, termination requirements, paid time off, and more. You should also make sure all offer letters and contracts include salary and compensation amounts in Algerian Dinar instead of any other currency.
Algeria Employment Compliance Laws
Normal working hours are a part of Algeria’s employment compliance laws. Employees should work 40 hours a week over a five-day workweek. They’re normally entitled to one day of rest each week, usually on Fridays. Your employees cannot work more than 20% of their statutory normal hours as overtime. As an employer, you need to pay overtime at no less than 50% of the employee’s hourly pay.
Recommendations for Onboarding Employees
Algeria employment compliance laws don’t typically apply to the onboarding process, which leaves you to create a training and onboarding program. We recommend reviewing all contracts with employees during their first day or week working for your company. Once both parties agree to the terms, you should sign the contract and keep a copy at your office.
If your employees are stepping into a more technical position, you should provide job training that will help them succeed. Some small subsidiaries can onboard several employees at one time. If that’s your subsidiary, try holding a meeting for all new hires to attend to get to know each other and more about your company.
Benefits of Algeria Hiring Outsourcing
Globalization Partners offers Algeria hiring outsourcing services to companies that want to expand without additional hassles or time commitments. It can take months to set up your subsidiary, and that’s before you can hire Algeria employees. Our team will help you get started in as little as a day as we hire employees and assign them to work for your company. You won’t have to worry about Algeria employment compliance, and you can feel confident that your new employees will have a great hiring experience.
Outsource With Globalization Partners Today
Your Algeria expansion doesn’t have to be complicated. Contact Globalization Partners to learn more about Algeria hiring outsourcing and our global expansion platform.