Guide

Recruiting the right staff in Europe

Introduction

Finding the right staff is very important when starting a new business venture or expanding your business into new territory. Therefore, you need to know how best to search for, employ and retain staff, and what the employment rules and regulations are in the European Economic Area (EEA) country you wish to operate in.

This guide is for businesses looking to expand into the EEA or acquire or merge with an existing EEA business. It will also be of interest to those looking to set up an entirely new business in the EEA.

There is advice on getting help to recruit staff in European Economic Area countries, the process for recruiting staff in Europe and employer responsibilities for staff in Europe. It also provides sources of further information on employment law across Europe and suggests ways of retaining staff after a merger or acquisition in Europe.

This information is still current but could change as a result of the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. Any changes will be documented here. For more information, see Brexit support for employers.

Important: One of the key queries facing businesses is the uncertainty over recruiting and retaining staff, especially if you employ staff from the European Union (EU). Employers can take a number of practical steps and find support to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. For more information, see Brexit support for employers.