When you decide to expand, you need to consider how you’ll recruit and hire talented employees in Ukraine. If you’re expanding without the help of a global PEO, you have to establish a subsidiary before you can hire employees. Globalization Partners can change this process through our Ukraine hiring outsourcing services. We’ll use our existing Ukraine subsidiary to hire employees who work on your behalf and help you get started in a few days instead of several weeks or months.
Recruiting in Ukraine
Currently, Ukraine has a candidate-driven market. While recruiting, you need to make your company and position stand out to attract the best talent. Consider writing personal emails, spending a significant amount of time negotiating details, organizing meetups, and launching robust referral programs.
Most employers use Skype, email, or LinkedIn to communicate with potential candidates before using the phone. It’s also common to use these social networks to send follow-up messages.
Some other popular places to find employees include:
Overall, the country relies on personal contacts. The best way to find talented candidates is to create business relationships and gain referrals from existing employees. While forming these relationships may feel like a waste, it can pay dividends in time.
Laws Related to Ukraine Staffing and Recruiting
Your ability to carry out a background check is limited because of the country’s restrictions on data protection and privacy laws. You must have express consent to process an employee or candidate’s personal data or information. You can, however, process an applicant’s personal data without consent if it’s necessary for the job’s obligations or performance.
Ukraine’s labor code prohibits discrimination based on origin, social status, race, nationality, sex, language, and political and religious beliefs. In 2015, Ukraine further expanded its anti-discrimination law that protects employees from any discriminatory questions or hiring practices. This law forbids asking about a candidate’s political affiliation, nationality, origin, or sexuality.
How to Hire Employees in Ukraine
The process of hiring employees for your Ukraine location depends on whether you choose local or foreign employees. Hiring foreign employees requires a work permit through the Employment Center, and you have to prove that you cannot find a Ukrainian citizen to fill your open job. A work permit usually applies for a one-year period, but it can get extended.
Ukraine residents do not need a work permit, but they must be at least 18-years-old when they start employment. It’s legally required to hire Ukraine employees under an employment contract. Indefinite duration contracts are common, while fixed-term contracts are allowed for certain projects and tasks.
Ukraine Employment Compliance Laws
Ukraine’s current labor code dates back to 1971, but employers are currently trying to pass a new one. When you hire Ukraine employees, you need to create an employment contract that details the position, date of hiring, salary, working conditions, and more. You and the employee need to sign this contract and notify the State Fiscal Services about the employment before an employee’s first day.
Ukraine employment compliance laws apply to employees as well. Once you hire a Ukrainian citizen, they need to give you an application for employment duty that’s signed, a labor book, and scanned copies of all their diplomas.
The standard workweek in Ukraine is 40 hours for adults ages 18 and over. Law also stipulates shorter working hours for minors, such as 36 hours per week for workers ages 16 to 18. Extra hours worked can not exceed 120 hours in a year.
How Do You Onboard Employees in This Country?
Ukraine does not mandate any one particular way to onboard employees, but there are steps you can take to make someone more comfortable. When you hire employees in Ukraine, start their first day or week by going over the employment contract, company code of conduct, and other relevant information.
Try to travel to Ukraine for the employee’s first day to demonstrate the importance of their role with the company. If you can’t do that, send another company executive to make employees more comfortable. You can also onboard multiple employees at one time to promote employee bonding.
Benefits of Ukraine Hiring Outsourcing
When you choose Ukraine hiring outsourcing with Globalization Partners, you’ll get all the benefits of establishing a subsidiary first without all the hassle. We can use our already established Ukraine subsidiary to help you start working quickly, and we’ll hire Ukraine employees to work for you and help build your company. Plus, you won’t have to worry about Ukraine employment compliance laws, as we’ll make sure you stay compliant.
Contact Globalization Partners
If you’re planning an expansion to Ukraine, Globalization Partners can help with Ukraine hiring outsourcing services. Contact us today to learn more.