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Hiring & Recruiting in CrCosta Rica.






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San José


Costa Rican colón (CRC)

Hiring can prove difficult anywhere, but it’s even more of a challenge in a new country. You must learn Costa Rica’s employment compliance laws, find top talent, and hire the right employees who will help grow your business. You’ll need an understanding of Costa Rican workplace culture and business etiquette as well. G-P offers Costa Rica hiring outsourcing services to make your expansion easier. We will hire employees to work on your behalf and take the burden of compliance off your shoulders.

Recruiting in Costa Rica

In addition to learning about the culture in Costa Rica, you’ll need to take some time to focus on the logistics of the recruitment process. You should look into the best recruitment channels as well as the laws surrounding hiring and employment in Costa Rica.

Sourcing talent is the first step in the recruitment process. You’ll want to make sure you’re posting listings for your company’s open positions in the best places so that you can connect with the best candidates for each job.

In Costa Rica, online job boards and social networks like LinkedIn are growing in popularity as recruitment channels. Traditional networking and personal recommendations are also common. If your company is just entering the market in this country, it might be helpful for you to partner with a global PEO that already has an established presence and some connections your company can work with.

Laws Against Discrimination in Costa Rica

As in many other countries, Costa Rica has a set of laws in place to prevent discrimination in the workplace. Under the Costa Rican constitution and employment laws, employers cannot make hiring or other employment decisions based on any protected characteristics, which include:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Color
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Age
  • National origin
  • Political opinion
  • Union membership
  • Health
  • HIV-positive status

To make sure your business stays compliant with these laws throughout the process of staffing in Costa Rica, carefully consider the language you use in job postings and conversations with potential hires.

How to Hire Employees in Costa Rica

If you opt to hire employees in Costa Rica on your own, you need to understand the country’s culture to communicate with job candidates effectively. Costa Ricans are typically outgoing and enjoy casual chatting. You should wait to start talking business until the associate initiates the conversation.

Prepare to deliberate over the employment contract as Costa Ricans tend not to be big risk takers. They typically avoid direct confrontation and may agree with you only out of politeness. When reviewing an employment contract, you should make sure the Costa Rican employee you’re hiring agrees with the terms.

Costa Rica Employment Laws

In 2017, the Labor Procedure Reform (RPL) went into effect and overhauled Costa Rica’s employment compliance laws. It included information about terminating employees, initiating a strike, and litigating employment disputes. However, there are other laws to understand before hiring Costa Rican employees.

For example, you are legally required to hire employees under a strong employment contract in the local language. The contract should include everything from compensation to termination requirements. You should also put compensation amounts in colón instead of foreign currency.

Onboarding in Costa Rica

Once you understand how to hire employees in Costa Rica, you must create a plan to onboard them. Costa Rica employment compliance laws do not include any specific ways to onboard employees, so you’re free to use a process that fits your company’s culture and needs. We recommend going over the employment contract with employees during their first day or week, in addition to any important company documents.

If possible, clear your schedule to be in Costa Rica for at least part of the onboarding process. If you cannot make it, try to find another company executive who can. Onboarding multiple employees at one time is another strategy to help streamline the process, save you time, and promote positive office relationships.

Benefits of Hiring Outsourcing in Costa Rica

Instead of learning all of Costa Rica’s employment compliance laws and hiring employees on your own, you can choose to outsource. While you can work with any outsourcing firm to hire employees, you will still be held responsible for employment compliance. G-P’ Costa Rica hiring outsourcing services are different. We hire the right employees for your company as well as handle matters of compliance as the Employer of Record.

Work With G-P To Expand Globally

If you are planning an expansion to Costa Rica, you need a partner you can trust to make the process easier. Contact G-P today to learn more about how we can help you.


THIS CONTENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE. You should always consult with and rely on your own legal and/or tax advisor(s). G-P does not provide legal or tax advice. The information is general and not tailored to a specific company or workforce and does not reflect G-P’s product delivery in any given jurisdiction. G-P makes no representations or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of this information and shall have no liability arising out of or in connection with it, including any loss caused by use of, or reliance on, the information.

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