Your employees are your most important asset. Recruiting and hiring employees in Azerbaijan who will stay committed to your company and help you grow is extremely important. However, learning how to hire Azerbaijan employees while dealing with complicated tax laws, establishing a subsidiary, and more can turn into a challenge.
That’s why G-P offers Azerbaijan hiring outsourcing. We’re experts in Azerbaijan employment compliance and understand every aspect of the hiring process. When we act as the Employer of Record, you won’t have to worry about labor laws, and your employees will have a great hiring experience from the start.
Recruiting in Azerbaijan
Recruiting and staffing for your business can be challenging, as the country is going through a talent shortage. Companies in particular industries — such as IT and oil and gas — will have even more problems finding the right employees and may need to tap into a market of expats. It’s also difficult for employers to match candidates with open positions, as professionals in the country can be picky, and salaries worth all the individual’s qualifications can be high.
To combat these challenges, we recommend offering generous salaries and recruiting expats if necessary. You should also advertise jobs on numerous job boards or websites, including:
- Human Capital Baku
- Riley Guide
If you’re hiring expats, you can also advertise on GoAbroad and LinkedIn.
Laws Against Discrimination in Azerbaijan
You must be careful not to discriminate against candidates based on their citizenship status, sex, race, language, age, religion, political views, trade union membership, economic and family circumstances, or any other factor unrelated to their professional qualifications and skills or job performance. However, you can make concessions and provide privileges and additional protection to women, disabled individuals, and minors without violating discrimination laws.
Women do have additional protections under Azerbaijan law that you should keep in mind when you’re recruiting. For example, you cannot refuse to sign a labor contract with a woman who is pregnant or has a child under the age of 3. You’re exempt from this law only if you do not have an appropriate position for women or your workplace does not hire women or involve them in the type of work you do.
If you decide not to sign a contract with a woman who meets the above conditions, you must explain your decision in writing. A woman is allowed to seek justice in court based on your reason for the refusal.
How to Hire Employees in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan’s society is both family-oriented and hierarchical, with a complicated business protocol. Azeris care about status and title, which impact everything from who can enter the room first to where individuals sit. If you’re trying to arrange a meeting to hire employees, you need to send a letter outlining the background of your company, its history, and a request for a meeting as well as details of what you’ll cover. Good relationships dictate what you get done, so you should always chat with potential employees before getting down to business.
Azerbaijan Employment Laws
Azerbaijan’s employment compliance laws vary based on whether you’re hiring a resident or a foreign employee. Foreign employees need individual work permits through the State Migration Service, or you could face hefty fines. Both resident and foreign employees need either a fixed-term or indefinite-term employment contract in writing. If a fixed-term contract continues for more than five years without interruptions, it is considered an indefinite-term employment contract.
Companies need a minimum of two copies of the contract, and both copies need signed or sealed by both the employer and the employee. Employees keep one copy, and employers keep the other. Your employment contract should include:
- Full name and address of the employee and employer
- The term of the employment contract
- Position and place of work
- Work and rest time
- Employees’ duty
- Details of any insurance provided
- And more
Onboarding in Azerbaijan
Onboarding employees looks different for every business. Once you hire employees in Azerbaijan, you should onboard them using a process that works for your company. However, you can make employees more comfortable by onboarding several new hires at one time, providing job training, and traveling to Azerbaijan for each employee’s first day or week. Since Azerbaijan has complicated employment compliance laws, we also recommend reviewing your employment contract with your new employee during their first day.
Benefits of Hiring Outsourcing in Azerbaijan
Traditionally, you would need to set up a subsidiary in Azerbaijan before you could hire employees and add them to your payroll. However, G-P offers a better alternative through Azerbaijan hiring outsourcing. We can either find the right candidates for your position or onboard your preferred candidates through our existing subsidiary. As a result, instead of spending your time learning employment compliance laws, you can focus on building your company.
Work With G-P To Expand Globally
G-P is the team you need on your side for a successful expansion. Contact us today to learn more about Azerbaijan hiring outsourcing.