Recruiting and hiring talented employees is a crucial part of establishing your business in Ireland. You have to source the right employees for your workplace culture and mission. You must also follow Ireland employment compliance laws through each step of the process. Globalization Partners can help by hiring employees through our Ireland subsidiary and assigning them to work for you.
Recruiting in Ireland
As in any other country, understanding the workplace culture and business etiquette in Ireland can go a long way in ensuring a smooth recruitment process. Keep these guidelines in mind as you begin staffing in Ireland.
1. Expect Meetings to Be Informal
In Ireland, meetings tend to be fairly casual. It’s not uncommon for a meeting to take place in a restaurant, coffee shop, or pub. You can also expect to make some polite small talk with prospective employees before you move on to the official business. Humor is a common feature in Irish workplaces.
2. Be Punctual, but Give Candidates Some Leeway
In Irish business culture, best practices for time management differ for foreigners and locals. As a foreigner — and as the employer — you should always do your best to arrive on time. If you are running late to a meeting with a prospective employee, you should call them to let them know. If the delay is significant, you might want to reschedule the meeting.
On the other hand, the Irish are not especially concerned with punctuality in the workplace. It’s not unusual to be up to 15 minutes late for a business or social meeting.
3. Understand Gift-Giving Culture
In Ireland, there is no expectation of giving gifts to business associates unless you are visiting their home. In that case, you should bring a gift for the host. Flowers, chocolates, and gifts representing your home region are all excellent choices. If you choose to give flowers as a gift, though, you should avoid lilies — in Ireland, lilies are reserved for religious occasions. You should also avoid red or white flowers, as they symbolize death in Irish culture.
While there’s no expectation of receiving gifts from prospective employees, you should be mindful of the etiquette if they happen to give you one. You should open it in front of them and express your gratitude, and consider sending a thank-you note as well.
What Is the Recruitment Process in Ireland Like?
A thorough understanding of Irish business etiquette will go a long way in ensuring a smooth recruitment process. However, you’ll also need to make sure that:
- you’re advertising through the right channels.
- your company complies with Irish law as you source and recruit employees.
Strategies for Recruiting and Staffing in Ireland
One of the most challenging aspects of recruiting is figuring out the best way to reach the pool of talented candidates. In Ireland, newspapers have a wide reader base. You might have success targeting potential employees by advertising your open positions in the classifieds. Online job boards are another popular avenue for recruitment in Ireland.
The Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015
Like many other countries, Ireland has a set of laws and regulations in place to promote equality and ensure that all prospective employees are treated fairly during staffing and recruitment. Under the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015, it is unlawful to discriminate based on the following:
- Civil status
- Marital or family status
- Sexual orientation
- Membership in the Traveller community (a nomadic indigenous ethnic group in Ireland)
You should know that the Acts cover nine aspects of employment:
- Terms and conditions of employment
- Access to employment
- Classification of posts
- Equal pay
- Vocational training and work experience
- Collective agreements
- Promotion or re-grading
Under this law, it’s important to stay compliant from the beginning stages of recruitment. To stay compliant, be sure to avoid making any references to the protected categories in your job postings. Don’t ask any questions about them either, even if you’re just making small talk with potential hires.
How to Hire Employees in Ireland
Hiring employees in Ireland starts with a mandatory employment contract. Employers must give all new employees a written agreement that both parties sign within two months of their start date. Law requires that the employment contract contains a range of information including workplace, nature of work, start date, compensation, and hours of work. Make sure any compensation amounts in the employment contract and offer letter are in euros. As of 2019, employers are also required to issue a “Day 5” statement to notify each new employee in writing within five days of their start date, of the following:
- Full names of the employer and the employee
- Address of the employer
- Expected duration of the contract
- The rate of pay
- Work hours and schedule
You can also choose to institute a probation period when you hire employees in Ireland. Although no law mandates a probationary period, employers commonly include a three to six month period in the employment contract. After a full year of continuous service, the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977-2007 will cover your employees.
Ireland Employment Compliance
Ireland employment compliance laws range from common law to statutory provisions. The Irish Constitution, European Community Directives, and the European Court of Justice also govern the rights and framework of an employment relationship.
European Union (EU) directives govern working hours for Irish companies. The standard workday is 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a mandatory minimum half-hour lunch. Government departments and various other offices close between 12:30 and 2 p.m. The legal maximum for an average work week is 48 hours, and employees must get 11 hours of continuous rest per 24-hour period.
How to Onboard Employees
When you onboard new employees, you’ll need to familiarize them with your workplace culture and expectations. Some of the best ways to make employees comfortable include:
- Examining the employment contract together before or during an employee’s first day
- Traveling to Ireland for your employees’ first day or week
- Reviewing any code of conduct paperwork
- Creating a welcoming space by introducing all employees on their first day
Benefits of Ireland Hiring Outsourcing
Ireland hiring outsourcing services offer multiple benefits. First, Globalization Partners can help you recruit top talent for your business. You won’t have to worry about finding the right employees when you use our services. We also hire employees through our Ireland subsidiary and have them work on your behalf. This arrangement can reduce the hiring process from a few months to a few days.
Globalization Partners will also act as the Employer of Record, which means we put all compliance issues on our shoulders instead of yours. You can focus on running your new branch while we take care of the rest.
Work With Globalization Partners
If you want to expand to Ireland, you’ll need a team behind you for the best Ireland hiring outsourcing services. Let Globalization Partners be the team that helps you succeed. Contact us today to learn more.