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I want to employ an Expat, what now?

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Challenges in recruitment

Challenges for HR managers

The economy in the Netherlands is booming. Probably as a result of Brexit, many international companies decide to set up a business branch in The Netherlands. The already apparent scarcity of highly educated people in the Dutch market and this development forces companies to search for suitable candidates across borders. Even people from abroad may be challenging as also in other countries the labour market has changed.

Recruitment of people from abroad

It’s becoming more challinging for HR managers to find suitable candidates for job positions that require specialised skills. Companies ask far more than solely specific skills required for the job. Employees are also expected to adapt and extend their knowledge rapidly and extensively. Companies on the other hand need to consider the ever changing environments and economies. After a long search period the HR manager finally finds the perfect employee for the position. What’s next? Which steps do you need to take in order to relocate this employee to The Netherlands? Which legal steps need to be taken to legally employ this candidate? How much time, money and effort do we need to invest and if we do so will this process succeed? Is the candidate trustworthy? These are just a few questions grown out of so many insecurities and risks the HR department deals with. Do you recognize this?

The formal side of recruiting people from abroad

Applying for a recognised sponsorship, immigration applications; highly skilled migrant procedures, intra corporate transferee procedures or an RNI ( Registration Non Inhabitant) registration. Which procedure should a company choose for and how does an HR manager know if he or she is choosing the correct procedure? Are the IND and the municipality informing me correctly? What should we organize for the international employees and what should the employees organize themselves? What relocation services are usually provided for an international employees?

These steps require a certain amount of knowledge and bring a huge workload. Most of Settle Service’s customers have decided to (partially of fully) outsource the assistance that employees need in a relocation/immigration process. This ensures professional, efficient and timely processes for the HR manageer without having to deal with all the (governmental) organizations and legal issues during the relocation. Moreover, the new employee feels welcome and taken care of.


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