Hiring employees in Brunei
When moving or expanding a business to Brunei, one of the most important parts of the process is hiring a local workforce. However, this can be challenging for employers who don’t have experience with the country, with Brunei’s unique labor regulations, a language barrier, and work culture all potentially complicating matters.
At Horizons, our global expansion team will guide you through the Brunei recruitment process and offers diverse outsourcing services to take care of your hiring in Brunei so you don’t have to. With our help, you can source, recruit, and onboard the best employees in Brunei in full compliance with the country’s employment laws, even if you don’t have an entity in the country.
Brunei hiring guide
Explore some of the key information about Brunei recruitment and how to hire the best talent to help with your Brunei expansion.
How to find and recruit staff in Brunei
In Brunei, the system for posting jobs and finding suitable candidates differs in some ways from the system in many other countries. The main difference is that the primary recruitment service, called Job Centre Brunei, is run by the government. Your first task when recruiting in the country should generally be to post your vacancies using this service.
Beyond this, the methods of finding employees are largely similar to other countries, and there are several other online job websites, such as Jobs Brunei, which are also popular with job seekers. LinkedIn and other professional networking services are also popular.
Alternatively, or in addition to searching online, many businesses choose to hire a specialized recruitment service or consultancy to outsource the recruitment process.
Compliance for Brunei Recruitment
As in any country, you will need to ensure that you operate in full compliance with applicable labor laws. For example, you must provide safe working conditions, set maximum working hours, provide days off, and other entitlements. These entitlements should be detailed in each employee’s contract, along with the agreed wage/salary.
For further information on employee entitlements and compliance, visit our Brunei PEO page.
Onboarding staff in Brunei
When onboarding and training your new employees in Brunei, it is generally up to you to decide on the most suitable strategy, although you do need to register every new employee with the Tabung Amanah Pekerja (TAP).
Other than this basic requirement, we recommend being as open as possible about your expectations from employees and educating them about the workplace culture as early as possible to help them settle into their new roles. Additionally, it is best practice to have a detailed employment contract in place and discuss the details of the contract with every employee to avoid any misunderstandings.