Hiring employees in Cyprus
Your employees are your most important asset, but many businesses overlook the challenges of hiring when expanding abroad. If your business is planning an expansion to the island nation of Cyprus, you will probably be aiming to hire locally, but Cyprus recruitment can be challenging for those who are unfamiliar with the process, with different cultures, languages, laws, and customs to deal with.
Horizons’ global expansion experts guide foreign organizations through the Cyprus recruitment process and offer custom outsourcing and consultancy to provide everything necessary to recruit and expand in Cyprus. We will help you to find, hire, and onboard your workforce in Cyprus, compliantly and rapidly, whether or not you have a Cypriot subsidiary.
Cyprus hiring guide
Explore some of the key information about Cyprus recruitment and how to hire the best talent to help with your Cyprus expansion.
How to find and recruit employees in Cyprus
In Cyprus, the demand outstrips the supply of quality candidates across a wide range of professions, making it a challenge to recruit for many businesses. However, the talent is there if you are willing to compensate sufficiently and know where to look.
To find candidates, online job boards such as Kariera (among others) can be useful, and newspapers are still commonly used to advertise roles. Additionally, many companies now use LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media platforms to research candidates and post jobs.
Recruitment firms and consultancies, such as Horizons, can also form an important part of any Cyprus recruitment strategy, taking the work off your hands and using local networks to find top talent faster.
Political considerations for recruitment in Cyprus
Cyprus is a unique country politically, divided into two distinct areas (Greek and Turkish) which operate partially independently of each other. While it is technically one country, in practice there are many differences between the two areas, both politically and culturally. The Turkish side does not recognize the Greek side’s government officially, and tensions still exist between some groups.
The unique political situation should be factored into your recruitment strategy, and we recommend getting advice from local experts such as the Horizons Cyprus specialists to avoid any cultural insensitivity or disputes.
Onboarding staff in Cyprus
How you choose to onboard your employees in Cyprus is largely up to you. Legally, employment contracts are not strictly necessary, but we advise always writing up a detailed contract for every new hire to avoid misunderstandings and disputes from arising.
Beyond contracts, you should always offer adequate training when onboarding staff. Also, you should consider sending company representatives to Cyprus to help with the process and communicate key points about your working culture and expectations.
Compliance for Cyprus recruitment
Employees in Cyprus are legally entitled to a range of working conditions and benefits. For example, working hours are capped, overtime pay is mandatory, and you must provide vacation leave. These entitlements can also vary, with trade union agreements sometimes affecting them. We recommend detailing everything in your employees’ contracts for clarity. For additional details about entitlements, visit our Cyprus PEO page.