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Nicaragua Recruiting & Hiring

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Expanding to Nicaragua is a great opportunity to celebrate new business relationships, talented employees, and more. However, it’s also a challenging time during which you have to figure out how to recruit and hire Nicaragua employees and follow all of Nicaragua’s employment compliance laws. Globalization Partners will make it easy to hire employees and continue to run all your business locations at the same time using Nicaragua hiring outsourcing. Plus, we’ll act as the Employer of Record to manage all compliance while you manage your company.

Recruiting in Nicaragua

Cultural differences can make the process of staffing and recruiting in Nicaragua challenging. You want to make a good impression on potential hires and establish a connection that can lead to a lasting business relationship. But if you’re not careful, a miscommunication could get in the way. Taking some time to learn about Nicaraguan business etiquette and culture can help you ensure that the recruitment process is as smooth as possible for everyone involved. Consider the following guidelines as you start scheduling meetings and interviews with candidates overseas.

1. Don’t Emphasize Punctuality Too Much

Are you used to working in a country where punctuality is essential in a professional setting? If so, you’ll want to adjust your expectations before traveling to Nicaragua to begin the recruitment process. People in Nicaragua tend to give their time freely, so it’s not considered rude to arrive late for a meeting or interview. Meetings often start 20 minutes or so behind schedule. 

2. Try to Learn a Few Words in Spanish

Spanish is by far the most dominant language spoken in Nicaragua. If you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll want to hire a translator for meetings and interviews. Even then, it’s a good idea to try to learn a few words or phrases as a way to connect with candidates. You might also want to translate one side of your business card and have it printed in Spanish.

3. Build Relationships With Candidates

In Nicaragua, personal relationships are an essential part of doing business. Don’t pressure a candidate into making a decision before they get to know you and feel comfortable working with you.

A Look at the Recruitment Process in Nicaragua

As important as it is to learn about culture, it’s not the only thing your recruiting team should be focusing on when your company is staffing in Nicaragua. You’ll also want to consider your options for sourcing local talent, the best recruitment channels, and the laws you’ll need to follow to stay compliant from day one of your expansion.

Your company has a few different choices when it comes to sourcing talent in Nicaragua. You can have your team handle the recruitment process from start to finish, posting on job boards and advertising your open positions in local papers. If you don’t have much time to spare during the recruitment process, this option may not be a good fit for your business.

Alternatively, you can outsource the recruitment process by working with a traditional hiring agency or a global PEO. While many companies do choose to work with recruitment agencies, it’s important to remember that the agency is ultimately not going to be responsible for complying with Nicaraguan law. The compliance risks fall on your shoulders. 

On the other hand, a global PEO will act as your Employer of Record in Nicaragua and assume those responsibilities on your behalf. Working with a PEO can also be more cost-effective than hiring a traditional firm, especially if your PEO offers recruitment as part of an inclusive platform.

Legal Requirements for Staffing and Recruiting in Nicaragua

The Nicaraguan constitution states that working is a social responsibility and the right of all citizens. Under the law, citizens are entitled to equal pay for equal work and freedom from discrimination based on the following traits:

  • Religion
  • Political views
  • Race
  • Gender

Workers also have the right to participate in labor unions, so union membership should play no role in hiring decisions you make for your company. To stay compliant with Nicaraguan law, your recruiting team should avoid asking any questions about these protected characteristics. While some of these traits might come up when you’re getting to know a prospective employee, it’s important to separate that information from other factors during the staffing process.

How to Hire Employees in Nicaragua

You’re legally required to hire Nicaraguan employees using a fixed-term or indefinite-term written employment contract. All contracts should be in the employee’s local language with multiple employment terms included, such as compensation, benefits, termination requirements, and related factors. Make sure all compensation and salary amounts are in Nicaraguan córdobas so that there’s no confusion between you and the candidate you wish to hire.

If you hire Nicaraguan employees under an indefinite employment contract, you’re allowed to use a trial period that can’t extend past 30 days. Either party can terminate the employment relationship during that time without any liability.

Nicaragua’s Employment Compliance Laws

Nicaragua’s employment compliance laws stipulate a cap of 48 working hours per week. Night shifts have a maximum of 42 hours a week, and mixed shifts can’t exceed 45 hours a week. If employees work any overtime hours, they can’t work more than nine a week. Overtime should get paid at double the employee’s usual rate.

Although Nicaragua’s laws don’t include any specifications about hiring multiple members of one family, many employers do. Hiring one complete family to work at your subsidiary has pros and cons that you should consider before making a decision. However, make sure that the employees you hire know one way or the other if you’re planning to hire the rest of their family members.

Onboarding Employees in Nicaragua

Onboarding employees will be your next challenge after figuring out how to hire Nicaraguan employees. We recommend reviewing the employment contract with employees during their first day with your company. You can also take that time to go over other important documents related to your company. Finally, you should put together a job training program to make sure every employee is fully ready to take on their new position.

Benefits of Using Nicaragua Hiring Outsourcing Services

Choosing Nicaragua hiring outsourcing with Globalization Partners can deliver a variety of benefits. First, we’ll handle both the hiring and onboarding process using our Nicaragua PEO. Then, we’ll take on all the compliance as the Employer of Record. Instead of waiting up to a year to hire employees as you set up your subsidiary, you can let us help you get started working in a day or two.

Globalization Partners Wants to Partner With Your Company

Globalization Partners is the partner you need for a successful expansion. Contact our team today to learn more about Nicaragua hiring outsourcing and our full suite of global expansion services.

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