Recruiting the right staff in Europe

Recruiting staff in Europe: the process

The process for recruiting staff is similar throughout Europe. However, there will often be different regulations on qualifications and applications that apply. When looking to recruit staff in a particular country, you should ensure that you are aware of these differences.

Types of employment to offer

When advertising for staff, you will need to decide whether you want to employ full-time or part-time staff, and whether to offer permanent or fixed-term contracts. You could also consider whether either agency workers or freelancers might be better options for certain positions. Recruiting full-time or part-time employees.

Be aware that other European Economic Area (EEA) countries will have different approaches to employing staff. 

If you are expanding into another EEA country, you may wish to use fixed-term contracts until you have become established in the market.

Find out more about employment law rules in Europe.

How to assess a curriculum vitae (CV)

CVs are written differently in each EEA country.

When recruiting in other European countries, you need to be open to new styles, and remember that you are using the CV only to build a complete picture of the applicant.

See help to recruit staff in European Economic Area countries.

The Europass scheme aims to help jobhunters standardise their CVs so that their skills and qualifications can be clearly and easily understood across Europe.

Understanding qualifications

Education and qualifications are becoming more standardised across Europe. However, there are still many big differences between the systems in different European countries.

Read more about equivalent qualifications across Europe.