Seychelles Recruiting and HiringReading Time: 4 minutes
Hiring and recruiting in your country of origin can sometimes be difficult, but the tasks are even more challenging in a foreign country. Traditionally, you would need to establish a subsidiary, then hire employees in Seychelles and learn the country’s employment compliance laws to stay compliant. Globalization Partners simplifies this process through Seychelles hiring outsourcing. We can use our Employer of Record platform to hire employees and assign them to work for you while handling compliance to give you peace of mind.
Recruiting in Seychelles
While you’ll quickly fall in love with the beauty of Seychelles, you may not be able to complete staffing and recruiting for your business quite as quickly. That said, understanding the country’s culture and business etiquette will help you impress potential candidates, close promising deals, and run a successful business. Below are three important tips to consider before you start recruiting candidates.
1. Greet Everyone You See
Most people in Seychelles will greet everyone they see even if they don’t know the person. Acknowledge everyone with a nod or wave — especially the elderly. Some people will greet others with a kiss or hug if they’re friendly. When it comes to your job candidates, remember to shake hands with both men and women. Most Seychellois do not value personal space and will stand less than an arm’s length away. Light touching during a conversation is also common depending on the individuals interacting.
2. Show Respect for the Country
Most Seychellois have the utmost respect for the establishment of state. Make sure you don’t criticize the country or government, especially during personal conversations in meetings or while you’re holding an interview with a job candidate. While most meetings tend to be very casual, most citizens of this country are direct communicators. Don’t interrupt someone while they’re speaking, but make sure you answer all questions.
3. Remember That Time Is Fluid
Punctuality is not valued in this country as much as in other areas, but most people will try to be on time for business meetings. Seychellois are giving with their time and will always arrive when you want them to. While time is fluid, business is usually conducted fast. People make decisions in little time, and negotiations tend to happen upfront, so expect your potential candidates to decide about a job fairly quickly.
The Recruitment Process in Seychelles
Your recruiting in Seychelles will start long before you hire candidates. Typically, an HR person will help with the beginning steps of the process, such as identifying vacancies and evaluating the need to fill them. Then, you’ll develop a position and write an accurate description that can lead to an effective recruiting process. The right job description will help you craft interview questions, evaluate candidates, and know what to ask references.
Next, you’ll develop a hiring plan. How do you want to screen resumes? How many interviews will you conduct? This process is essential to narrowing down your time frame and understanding how to assess candidates. Then, you can choose the first round of candidates, conduct interviews, and eventually offer the position to the best individual.
You’ll want to refrain from any type of discrimination throughout the recruiting and hiring processes. For example, Seychelles law prevents gender-based discrimination. You should also take care not to select candidates because of their race, religion, political views, sex, or any other attribute that does not relate to the job.
Where to Find Candidates
The first step to staffing your Seychelles business is finding the right employees to hire. Some of the most common job boards include:
- Career Jet
- Caterer Global
- Hosco (for the hospitality industry)
You can also use overseas job portals if you’re specifically looking to hire expats. Overseas Jobs, Go Abroad, and LinkedIn are all great options to find employees from around the world.
Seychelles has recently implemented new policies for recruiting and hiring foreign workers as demand has grown. These policies include requirements like hiring a human resources officer if your company has 25 or more employees, registering all foreign workers in the Skills Development and My First Job programs, and ensuring that foreign workers do not change jobs unless they are human trafficking victims. Certain industries will also have quota systems, which can change how many foreigners you’re allowed to hire.
How to Hire Seychelles Employees
You must hire employees in Seychelles under an employment contract required by law. Seychelles allows both fixed-term and indefinite contracts, but you need to put a written employment contract in place. Contracts should be in the local language and include everything from compensation to statutory benefits and termination terms. All compensation and salary amounts should be in Seychellois rupees instead of another currency.
Seychelles Employment Compliance Laws
Even after you hire employees, you’ll need to carefully follow Seychelles employment compliance laws. The standard workweek is no more than 60 hours or 12 hours a day. Employees can work overtime of up to 60 hours a month or 15 extra hours each week.
Although collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and trade unions are not very common in Seychelles, we recommend checking to see if your employees are covered by one. These agreements often include different Seychelles employment compliance laws that may be more expansive than the statutory requirements.
The Best Way to Onboard Employees
Companies in Seychelles should onboard employees using a process that’s best for their specific business and operations. We recommend onboarding multiple individuals at once to save time and help employees bond with one another. You should also provide job training during the employee’s first day or week of work to make sure they’re truly confident in their new position and ready to help your new branch succeed.
Once you hire employees in Seychelles, you’ll need to clear your schedule to travel to the country for introductions and onboarding. If you’re too busy to make the trip, try working with another company executive who can travel to Seychelles and help your employees see their value to the company.
Benefits of Seychelles Hiring Outsourcing
Companies expanding to Seychelles have to set up a subsidiary before they can start operations. That’s why Globalization Partners offers Seychelles hiring outsourcing using our existing subsidiary. Instead of potentially waiting weeks or even months to start working, remember that we can help make your employees productive from day one. In addition to providing a great hiring experience, we’ll also handle all matters of Seychelles employment compliance so that you can focus on successfully growing your company.
Let Globalization Partners Help With Your Expansion
Globalization Partners will strive to help make your expansion successful and as stress-free as possible. Reach out to us today if you’re ready to learn more about Seychelles hiring outsourcing and get started with your quick, compliant expansion.