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El Salvador Recruiting & Hiring

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When you need to recruit and hire employees for your parent company, where do you turn? Maybe you post your listings on industry job boards, or you reach out to people on LinkedIn. It may not be possible to use the same practices in El Salvador, so how do you hire El Salvador employees while taking care of so many other tasks?

Globalization Partners understands the challenges of hiring during an expansion, and we can provide El Salvador hiring outsourcing services on your behalf. We’ll recruit individuals for your positions or hire people you’ve already hand-selected. If you hire through our global PEO, you can start working in a day or two, and employees can be productive from day one.

Recruiting in El Salvador

The recruiting process in El Salvador can be more complicated if you don’t understand the culture or proper work etiquette. When you know how to effectively communicate with potential candidates, you can sell them on the position and your company. Plus, this can affirm your commitment to the country and show that you respect the culture. 

Below are three cultural aspects to understand before staffing and recruiting in El Salvador. 

1. Greetings Change Depending on Who You Meet

Greetings are important, and you need to use the right one for every type of person. For example, female acquaintances may pat each other on the right forearm or shoulder, while close friends will hug or kiss on the right cheek. All men shake hands with each other and women, although they will wait for a woman to extend her hand. Only close friends and family will use first names, so you should use the right title for each person until they invite you to use their first name. 

2. Meetings Are Relatively Formal

Just like when greeting someone, you will want to use professional or academic titles with a person’s surname during business dealings. Always exchange business cards during an initial introduction and try to have one side translated into Spanish. At a first meeting, it’s expected to introduce senior people first according to rank. Meetings typically start on time and follow an agenda, although most people focus on building a relationship before finalizing an agreement. 

3. Discussions Often Continue Over a Meal

While an initial meeting with a candidate may seem more formal, you should work on building a rapport with them over subsequent meetings. It’s common to continue discussions over a meal, so you could invite a candidate to lunch or dinner. Typically, the most senior person will make a decision after consulting with key stakeholders. In general, Salvadorans will emphasize a gut feeling over facts and figures, which could influence business discussions. 

The Recruitment Process in El Salvador

Steady economic growth in El Salvador has led to more job opportunities, especially in the capital of San Salvador. As more expat workers enter the country, you may find that some job applicants speak English. If you want to find expats, you can advertise jobs on LinkedIn, LatinTopJobs, and The San Salvador newspaper Diario Latino is also a great place to advertise jobs for both residents and nonresidents. Keep in mind there will be additional requirements when hiring someone from a different country. 

Follow the Right Laws Before and After Hiring

One of your biggest requirements as an employer is to meet the country’s employment compliance laws. Failing to follow the right recruiting regulations or discrimination laws after hiring could lead to fines, legal ramifications, and business delays. 

For example, the law prohibits children under the age of 14 from entering the workforce. Minors between the ages of 14 and 18 can work as long as they get permission from the Ministry of Labor, and the employment must be necessary for the child or their family. 

Currently, the country’s Labor Code expressly forbids discrimination related to union membership. This law is different from those in other South American countries, which often prohibit discrimination against age, gender, race, religion, and a variety of other factors. As a company, it’s important to establish your own regulations to avoid discriminatory practices and staff your business in El Salvador with a diverse workforce. You can also highlight these efforts when hiring to show candidates your commitment to creating a safe and welcoming workplace. 

How to Hire Employees in El Salvador

The best way to hire employees in El Salvador is through an oral or written contract, though we recommend a strong written contract in Spanish. Every employment contract needs to include compensation, benefits, health insurance options, termination requirements, entitlement terms, workings hours, and more. Make sure your offer letters and contracts always include compensation and salary amounts in U.S. dollars.

El Salvador Employment Compliance Laws

El Salvador’s employment compliance laws depend on whether you hire foreign or local employees. You cannot hire more than 10% of your company as foreign employees, and those foreigners cannot receive more than 15% of total salaries paid to employees. Once you hire an employee, you have to register them in the Salvadoran Social Security Institute (ISSS) and the Pension Fund Association (AFP).

Keep in mind that laws and regulations also apply to working hours and overtime. El Salvador has a six-day workweek that totals 44 hours. Overtime should get paid at 100% of the employee’s base salary, and workers can create their own hours by working an extra hour on weekdays to take more time off on the weekend.

Top Ways to Onboard Employees

You can onboard employees using any type of process that works best for your company. We recommend reviewing the employment contract with new employees during their first week to ensure both parties agree to all the terms. Then, you should enroll all new employees in a training program based on their position.

Why Choose El Salvador Hiring Outsourcing With Globalization Partners?

You don’t have to set up a subsidiary in El Salvador before hiring employees. Globalization Partners offers a better way through El Salvador hiring outsourcing. We’ll hire your employees through our El Salvador PEO and ensure that they have a positive hiring experience and can start working productively from day one. Plus, we’ll make sure your company meets El Salvador’s employment compliance laws, taking the risk associated with compliance off your shoulders.

Contact Us Today

You don’t have to stay awake at night worried about your expansion. Globalization Partners is here to make your hiring experience and entire expansion easier. Reach out to us today to learn more about El Salvador hiring outsourcing and our global expansion platform.


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