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Remote hiring to stay as UK firms look for talent overseas

Nearly half of UK employers would hire overseas, as 92% confirm they are considering hiring remotely, Omnipresent research has shown.

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According to the survey, which was based on 700 employers in Germany, France, the US, UK, Canada, Israel and Singapore, just 78% of organisations in other countries are considering doing the same.

 

Omnipresent says this is linked to the prevalence of tech companies in these countries and their aspirations to become or maintain a tech-hub status.

 

Of those surveyed, 83% said they plan to move to a fully remote or hybrid working model. However, 47% of those said they had concerns about complying with international employment law when hiring remotely, while 29% were worried about potential HR overheads.

 

A further 20% said language and culture was a worry when hiring remotely and overseas.

 

Matt Wilson, co-founder and co-chief executive of Omnipresent, said: “Beyond the pandemic, there is no overarching motivation pushing employers to hire remotely. Reasons range from cost savings, access to expertise, productivity and employee engagement. However, there are synonymous barriers that are concerning organisations’ when it comes to employing staff remotely.

 

“Generally, hiring managers require more support to employ legally, efficiently and effectively, before they can successfully move to a fully remote or hybrid working model. Although this may not be the case in the UK, this is key in the US and Canada, where employers need to manage different regulations across their own states and provinces.”

 

He added: “Employers that are considering hiring beyond their borders are concerned about handling compliance and local bureaucracies - ensuring that they are managing onboarding, offboarding, payroll, welfare and benefits in line with local employment laws, as well as supporting their own values to attract and retain talent.

 

“Companies that effectively manage remote employment issues surrounding compliance and bureaucracies can reap the rewards of remote working.”

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