How can you take advantage of our global career opportunities?
We have always offered the prospect for every Hays employee to transfer internationally. Hundreds of employees have capitalized on this opportunity over the years. Due to the rapid expansion of our international business, it is essential that we leverage our key talent to maximize their potential on a global platform. In order to do this we have created a transparent, straightforward and consistent process for offering opportunities and managing the transfer process, thus ensuring it is an attractive proposition for all colleagues.
How does employee benefit from an international move?
International experience is undoubtedly a key building block in developing a wide-ranging set of skills and an exciting career with Hays. Working in a new culture and environment will broaden your horizons and enable you to grow as a person and a professional. You may have the opportunity to work on the launch of a new specialism or country. Almost certainly you will be able to share your expertise with colleagues in other countries and learn from them at the same time.
Can I expect a similar level of responsibility in another country?
Yes and often more! It could be that you are involved in the launch of a specialism or even a new country opening.
What happens when if you want to return home by the end of your assignment?
This happens very rarely as the interview process is thorough and we expect all potential transferees to fully research their chosen destination. We also provide good support when you arrive. However, there is no reason that you cannot return home if you really want to!
What support does Hays provide for employees who transfer internationally?
If appropriate Hays will support you in the following ways:
- Travel expenses to the new country
- Temporary living expenses while you settle in
- Disturbance allowance
- Language training
What would it be like to work in another country?
Hays offers a very similar working environment whether you happen to be in the office in London, Sao Paulo, Tokyo or Milan. However, there is a wider cultural and commercial context in which you will be interested and so we have prepared “Living and Working in…” resource guides to inform your decision-making process.
Are languages important?
It depends where you are interested in working. In many areas English is a primary business language; for example, it is possible to work in places like Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Denmark, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Hungary. For most countries in Continental Europe and Latin America, you will need to have a minimum of intermediate proficiency in the local language and in some countries, fluency.
Are all employees eligible for an international transfer?
In order to qualify for a transfer you must have worked for Hays for a minimum of 2 years.
Anybody within Hays can apply for a role within a different country.
How does the application procedure work?
If you are interested, you would have an initial conversation with the global mobility team to discuss your options. The international interview process is then very straightforward, usually by telephone or Skype and, if practical, a face-to-face meeting. Depending on where you are going the visa application process can sometimes lengthen the time taken to transfer.
The process takes on average about 3-4 months.
How long will I be expected to stay?
We ask for a commitment of a minimum of 2 years except in exceptional circumstances. This will enable you to adapt to the local culture, add real value to the business and ensure you gain as much as possible from the experience.