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Maldives Recruiting and Hiring

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Do you remember the first employee you hired to work for your company? If so, you may also remember the time and effort it took to find a team of talented employees who were dedicated to your business. You have to apply that same effort to recruit and hire talented Maldives employees who will grow your company.

Instead of worrying about recruiting the right candidates on top of your other expansion tasks, trust that Globalization Partners will take the stress of recruiting and hiring off your plate. We have a Maldives PEO you can use to work in the Maldives without your own subsidiary. Since we act as the Employer of Record, we’ll hire employees and onboard them using our existing infrastructure but assign them to work for your company.

Recruiting in the Maldives

Knowing how to successfully staff and recruit in the Maldives requires an understanding of the proper business etiquette. If it’s your first time working in this country, it’s important to know the culture. This helps you communicate more effectively with candidates and impress local business partners. 

Here are three unspoken rules to follow as you start the recruiting process. 

1. Understand Islam

As the only national religion, all Maldivians are Sunni Muslims. Only Muslims can become citizens, marry, or own property, and all other religions are outlawed. Daily life, including work, follows the tenets of Islam, so it’s important to have a basic understanding of the religion before meeting job candidates. A widespread belief in evil spirits has also blended Islam with traditional island beliefs to create a religious system called fandita. 

2. Dress Conservatively

Most people wear traditional, conservative clothes according to the Islamic faith. Men will typically wear a sarong and white shirt made of cotton while women often wear a libaa — a traditional long dress with gold and silver threads. Both men and women will even wear full clothes while swimming at the beaches. You should dress conservatively for meetings with candidates. 

3. Work Stops Several Times a Day for Prayer

The standard workday is eight hours from Sunday through Thursday. Most workers rest on Friday and also treat Saturday like a lesser holiday. Almost all businesses stop a few times a day for prayer, which typically lasts about half an hour. Other businesses may change hours during Ramadan to work shorter days. Keep these changes in mind when you meet with applicants, so you can tell them about your policies. 

The Recruitment Process in the Maldives

Your recruiting efforts will be faster and more productive if you know the right places to look for top talent. Some of the most well-known job sites include Job Maldives, Learn4Good, and Glassdoor. If you would rather receive applications tailored to your industry, try searching for job sites that appeal to specific industries. LinkedIn and Facebook may also provide opportunities to network with candidates, both local and abroad. 

If you’re in the tourism industry, you may want to tailor your job posting to reflect the languages you want applicants to speak. Many employers in the tourism sector prefer candidates who can speak two or three different languages. Contacts and references are also helpful for staffing your company, so you can always set up a referral program once you start to hire a few people. 

Follow the Right Recruiting Laws When Staffing in the Maldives 

The Employment Act of 2008 provides the legal framework for the fundamentals of employment, including: 

  • Recruiting
  • Hiring
  • Drafting an employment agreement
  • Training
  • Wages
  • Minimum leave entitlements
  • Promotions
  • Dismissals
  • Safety at work

Some of the most important laws prohibit forced labor and discrimination, promote equal treatment, and provide equal protection for the employment of minors. A minor is defined as anyone under 18, however children under the age of 16 cannot be employed unless for education or training purposes. A minor cannot work in any industry that is detrimental to their health, education, safety, or conduct. 

As an employer, you must provide and maintain a safe place to work at no cost to the employee. The right to strike is a constitutional right. However, no employees can strike, demonstrate, or assemble in tourist resorts. 

How to Hire Employees in the Maldives

Hiring in any country almost always involves an employment contract. Learning how to hire employees in the Maldives also means learning how to create a strong employment contract. The country allows oral or written contracts, but we recommend a written contract to create a clear agreement between you and the employee. Ensure all contracts are in Dhivehi, and include terms related to compensation, benefits, termination, working hours, and all similar factors. Offer letters and contracts should also include compensation in Maldivian rufiyaa.

Maldives Employment Compliance Laws

Maldives’ employment compliance laws can vary based on your industry. There’s a huge market for expats, and you may need to hire some expat employees in addition to residents. However, you should make sure to hire some residents. For example, if you’re entering the resort industry, the law requires 50% of your staff to be Maldivian.

The country also has a robust non-discrimination policy. You cannot choose an employee, figure out compensation, increase compensation, or provide training for equal work based on someone’s race, color, religion, political beliefs, or marital status. Keep in mind that the minimum age of employment is 16. Minors under 16 cannot be employed unless there’s a connection with training associated with their education.

Best Practices for Onboarding Employees

Once you hire employees according to the Maldives’ employment compliance laws, you need to onboard them. Every employee learns differently, but you can take a few steps to onboard all new employees. Start by reviewing the employment contract and having the employee sign it to make sure you agree to the same terms. Then, provide job training for your new hires related to their positions that will also help them learn about your company.

Benefit of Maldives Hiring Outsourcing for Your Company

Maldives hiring outsourcing with Globalization Partners will allow you to work in the Maldives in a day or two. When you work with us, we’ll outsource the entire expansion process using our Maldives PEO. We’ll recruit all the best candidates to work for your company or onboard people you’ve already decided to hire. We guarantee your employees will have a great hiring experience and can be productive right away.

Why Work With a Global PEO?

Globalization Partners is a global PEO with a history of helping companies like yours expand. Contact us today to learn more about Maldives hiring outsourcing and our comprehensive solution.

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