Hiring employees in Latvia
If your company is in the process of planning an expansion to Latvia, you will probably need to hire workers locally. The logistics of Latvia recruitment can be difficult to navigate, with a unique language, employment regulations, and more all possible complicating things.
Horizons’ global expansion specialists can guide you through the Latvia recruitment process, providing outsourcing and consultancy solution to handle your recruitment in Latvia for you. With our help, you can find, recruit, and onboard the country’s top employees more efficiently, and in compliance with Latvia’s regulations, even if you don’t have a subsidiary in Latvia.
Latvia hiring guide
Explore some of the key information about Latvia recruitment and how to hire the best talent to help with your Latvia expansion.
How to find and hire employees in Latvia
Latvia is not a large country and has a modest population of under 2 million people and a relatively low economic output. Because of these factors, it can be challenging to find large numbers of workers for certain industries. However, the country’s economy is expanding and the strong education system means there are growing numbers of highly educated, well-qualified people in the talent pool if you know where to look.
The best place to start with your Latvia recruitment is online. There are several commonly used job websites in Latvia, including the government-run State Employment Agency and CV.lv. It can also be useful to research candidates and post jobs on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn.
Another benefit of hiring in Latvia is that many people are multilingual, with Latvian, English, Russian, and several other languages commonly spoken, making it simpler to communicate with and hire people.
Discrimination laws in Latvia
Along with most modern countries, Latvia has a range of anti-discrimination laws covering employees and candidates for jobs. There are various protections in place, including a ban on discrimination by employers based on age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religious beliefs, and more.
If you are seen to break Latvia’s discrimination laws, you could risk legal action, fines, and significant disruption to your expansion operation, so it is crucial that you understand the rules before hiring. Horizons’ Latvia experts offer comprehensive recruitment consultancy and outsourcing to ensure your business always understands and follows the rules appropriately.
Onboarding staff in Latvia
As an employer in Latvia, you can mostly onboard employees however you think will be most effective. We recommend that you always provide adequate training for employees to perform their jobs properly, and this may include cultural training to help them adapt to the practices of a foreign business.
Compliance for Latvia recruitment
Latvia has broadly similar laws regarding employee entitlements as most other European countries, so you will need to ensure you provide these things to every worker. For example, workers are entitled to a minimum wage, vacation leave, maternity leave, overtime pay if working hours are exceeded, and so on.
Entitlements should be included in every employee’s contract and upheld in all cases to provide a fulfilling working environment and avoid possible disputes. For further details on entitlements, visit our Latvia PEO page.