The Advantages and Disadvantages of Hiring Locals over Expats

We are all aware that we live in a global community and that is a reality. For many HR professionals, it is becoming common to not only focus on a local workforce but also a global one.

Many HR network contributors have also shared their views about hiring international co-workers to help grow business and train new employees in a foreign country. In this article, let’s look at the other side of the coin: hiring locals over expats.

According to the Financial Times, an employee who is sent to live abroad for a set time period is called an expatriate employee. An expatriate is expected to relocate abroad, with or without family, for as short a period as six months to a year; typical expat assignments, usually, range from two to five years.

Advantages of Hiring Locals for your International Business:

Knowledge of the local culture and business practices
Local candidates understand the culture in which they live. That means they can navigate potential problems with greater ease. That usually translates to higher productivity and a decrease in financial loss, if any.

2. Locals are fluent in the language and can manage workers using local resources

Often, HR professionals and those doing the hiring get stuck on whether the employee speaks the language which is native to the company. For example, an American company may favor an English-speaking expat over a local… even if the local candidate is ahead of the other candidate. Don’t let the language keep you from hiring the best person for the job.

3.Cost much less than expats

Hiring an expat can cost up to two-three times more than hiring a local candidate. Costs include everything from the expats normal salary to relocation costs, and language and cultural training. Those costs, by the way, aren’t just for the expat, but also for the expat’s family.

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