HR managers struggling to recruit international candidates

HR managers struggling to recruit international candidates

Almost half (46%) of HR managers struggle to find quality international candidates, according to a new report.

Despite difficulties, global mobility was reported to increase diversity, with 74% of European HR managers saying that hiring from different countries encourages a more diverse working atmosphere.

The research, carried out by CEMS, the Global Alliance in Business Education, alongside Universum found that 87% of the respondents consider foreign language skills to be important for employability.

Other major challenges cited when it comes to employees working abroad were: understanding a new culture (48%), cultural shock (24%) and language/communication issues (16%).

One in seven HR managers from larger organisations said that over 30% of managers within their company work internationally.

The figure was lower in smaller companies, with 41% of all respondents stating that less than five per cent operate internationally.

Issues with employees working globally included problems with finding a position when employees return to their home countries, high costs for the company and visa issues.

Roland Siegers, Executive Director of CEMS comments: “It is clear from this research that global mobility is very much on the agenda of HR professionals and particularly in larger organisations a substantial proportion of managers operate internationally.

“Despite this, many still say they have some trouble recruiting the right global profiles. Respondents also identify the many challenges involved with placing employees internationally, including cultural awareness and language barriers.

“Companies need to invest in employees and managers to make sure they are equipped with the skills to operate globally.”

Comments (1)

  • Alan Bentley
    Alan Bentley
    Wed, 27 Jul 2016 1:51pm BST

    This is a very interesting article. There are many pitfalls in transferring Employees across boundaries. The is the issue of Tax and Social Security Compliance in home and host country as well as Immigration compliance. The issues of culture and language are easy to resolve. For the uninitiated this whole area of global mobility is a huge challenge.

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