Hiring employees in Lithuania
If you are contemplating an expansion to the European nation of Lithuania, your business will generally need to hire at least part of its workforce locally. Lithuania has complex and strict regulations, so to Lithuania recruitment can be a challenge for any organization that is new to the country.
At New Horizons, our global expansion consultants are here to support you through the complicated Lithuania recruitment process, offering outsourcing and consultancy solutions to take care of your hiring in Lithuania for you. With our help, you’ll be able to source, recruit, and onboard a top workforce in Lithuania in full compliance with the country’s unique regulations, even if you don’t have a registered subsidiary in the country.
Lithuania hiring guide
Explore some of the key information about Lithuania recruitment and how to hire the best talent to help with your Lithuania expansion.
Where to find and recruit employees in Lithuania
Lithuania is not a particularly large or wealthy country, so recruitment can be a challenge if you don’t know where to look. However, there are many excellent, well-qualified candidates available if you know where to search. There are a number of different ways to find and recruit suitable employees in Lithuania, but it is good practice to start online. Popular websites include CVMarket and other dedicated job sites, as well as social media sites such as LinkedIn. Additionally, the government-led State Labour Exchange offers recruitment support for employers.
Many organizations also choose to hire recruitment experts such as New Horizons, to provide time-saving Lithuania recruitment consultancy and outsourcing services.
Discrimination regulations for employment in Lithuania
In line with other European countries and most countries around the world, Lithuania has clearly defined laws in place to prevent the discrimination of job candidates and employees by employers. For example, it is illegal for any employer to discriminate against somebody based on their religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, trade union/political affiliations, and so on.
The penalties for breaking these discrimination laws can be strong, including expensive legal action and fines, so you must always be professional, respectful, and non-discriminatory toward any candidates during the recruitment process in Lithuania.
Onboarding staff in Lithuania
Generally, you can choose whatever onboarding process for any new employee you hire in Lithuania. This may involve a simple one-day orientation/training period, or possibly a longer dedicated training period for more senior roles.
Importantly, you should try to be as clear as possible about your expectations from new workers, taking into account the possible cultural differences between locals and your company’s country of origin. To help with this, you should be prepared to communicate in Lithuanian (or possibly other languages spoken by employees) and to send a representative to Lithuania to help with the onboarding process.
Compliance laws for employers in Lithuania
All employees in Lithuania are legally entitled to a range of benefits and entitlements including a mandatory minimum wage, overtime compensation, sick and holiday pay, and more. You must provide all of these entitlements and should include all the details in everyone’s contract of employment. Bear in mind that some employees may be members of trade unions that have collective bargaining agreements, so you will need to discuss this and include the details in the employment contracts.
For more details of the entitlements of employees in Lithuania, explore our Lithuania PEO page.