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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Workwide Recruit and what do you do?
Workwide Recruit is a cross-border recruitment agency. We partner with selected, top-rated employers around Europe and help our candidates find a job outside their home country. We are part of Workwide Group, a recruitment technology company founded in 2014 in Sweden. Most of our team members have moved to Sweden from abroad to work for our company. We are a young team with a mix of nationalities and a common passion for exploring the world. We believe that living in new countries and experiencing new cultures is something tremendously valuable.
Is Workwide Recruit's service free?
Yes, our service and support will always be completely free for candidates. We have built our business model to align with your interest. We get paid by the employer, and we only get paid if you actually land the job. You can be confident that we will look after your interest and try our hardest to give you the best opportunity to get your dream job. We don’t require that you sign up for an account with us, anyone can apply without an account. However, we recommend that you register an account and fill out your account information as this statistically increases your chances of getting hired.
What type of companies do you partner with?
Workwide Recruit mostly works with large, global companies. Sometimes we have opportunities in startups and mid-sized companies too. Most of our clients come from the Business Services Sector, the iGaming industry and from the technology industry more broadly. We will always inform you about who the employer is during our first call.
Do I have to speak several languages?
One of the main reason our clients are recruiting people from abroad is that they need new team members that speak specific languages. Most of the time, your daily work will be conducted in your native language while internal office communication will be in English. Therefore, you need to be able to communicate in two languages (English + your native language). Workwide Recruit currently covers German, all Nordic, Dutch and French language recruitment. We expect to add more languages in the future.
What working hours can I expect?
All of our clients offer full-time contracts which usually means 35-40 working hours per week. These hours may be set within normal office hours Monday-Friday or in rotational shifts all throughout the week. The shift structure depends on the role and will require flexibility from you to be able to work evenings and/or weekends.
We always inform you about the working hours, potential shift requirement and anything else related to the specific job that you applied for during our initial call.
What can I expect from the introduction and training?
Your future employer will provide you with an initial training period to get you up to speed on the work and your new workplace. You will, in most cases, be in a team of others who also just joined the company from abroad and therefore also be introduced to your new colleagues in a natural way. Some of our clients will have training in your native language while others offer their training in English. The length of the introductory training period differs per job and employer but tends to be between 1-4 weeks, with some exceptions.
Will the introduction and training be paid?
All of our clients’ introductions are either fully or partially paid.
What about the office location - how do I get there?
During our first call, we will inform you about the company’s office location. It is not unusual that our clients offer a transport allowance or shuttle services of some sort to help you get a smooth journey to the office from your accommodation. Most of our clients will also pick you up at the airport and drive you to either a hotel or directly to the corporate accommodation when you first arrive.
What can I expect in terms of probation, notice period and overtime?
Our clients’ policies regarding overtime and compensation as well as periods for notice and probation are defined by the law of the country where the company is located. Notice and probation periods are normally defined in the employment contract. We always do our best to inform you about this, however, we strongly recommend that you bring these questions up directly with your future employer.
Do I need to have a foreign bank account?
When moving to a new country for work, you need a new social security number and a local bank account in that country for salary transaction purposes as well as tax registration. When working abroad you will be obliged to pay taxes in your working country. Several of our clients offer either full support or instructions on how to go through the required administration. If you have any questions regarding this, feel free to reach out to one of our consultants directly.
Where will I stay during the initial period?
If your new employer offers accommodation as part of your relocation package they normally book a hotel room or arrange shared corporate accommodation with other newly hired colleagues where you’ll get your separate bedroom and share kitchen, bathroom and living room with your roommates.
Do I have to search for accommodation before starting the job?
Yes, if the company does not offer any support with this you need to start looking for accommodation yourself. A tip is to look into Facebook groups among expats already working and living in your new location. Ask them for guidance on where to start looking. In the south of Europe, it is quite common to find places to rent that includes furniture. Feel free to reach out to us if you need inspiration or suggestions.
Do I have to pay for the flight ticket in advance?
Yes, always be prepared to pay and book a flight ticket that aligns with your starting date. Some employers will offer reimbursement for this at a later stage.
What does shared accomodation this mean?
This means that the employer has arranged accommodation for you upon your arrival. Shared accommodation means that you will have your separate bedroom but share common areas such as kitchen, living room and bathrooms with other colleagues as your roommates. These forms of accommodation also come with furniture too, usually a bed, desk and some storage space. Normally the monthly rent will be set at an attractive rate and deducted directly from your salary
Some employers offer this solution on a permanent basis while others on a more temporary basis to give you the time to find permanent accommodation.
Is the salary sufficient to have a decent lifestyle?
All of the jobs we promote at Workwide Recruit offers a standard market or above market salary. However, a sufficient salary will always depend on your lifestyle and standards. We always recommend that you review the average national salary, average national salary for your role as well as the differences in living costs in your current vs new location to give you the best picture.
Besides rent, what is the cost of living?
For some of our youngest candidates, this might be the first time living alone. After talking to candidates and based on our own experiences. The most common expenses are utilities (such as electricity, water, internet, phone, gas), insurance, groceries, clothes, transport, healthcare, sports (gym), leisure (restaurants, cinema, travel) and clothing. To get an indication on the cost of living, please check the end off the job description or guide section here at Workwide Recruit. You can also visit Numbeo.com where you will find user-generated cost of living data.
Do I need a starting budget?
Yes, however, the amount depends on your individual situation, the location and the relocation package you might get with your new job. As a general rule, moving to a new country and into a new apartment have costs such as first rent (and deposit), furniture, appliances, gear, public transport, phone subscription, food and more. It’s also important that you keep in mind some unexpected costs you might face during your first month.
How are the employers handling COVID-19?
Workwide Recruit and all of our clients have made sure that necessary precautions due to Covid-19 restrictions have been taken in the workplace to ensure you a safe relocation and onboarding process. Moreover, every company is adapting its activity according to the recommendations and measures imposed by the local governments.
For example, some of our clients might invite their employees to work from home, while others allow employees to go and work in the office, always observing the general recommendations such as keeping social distance, wearing facemasks, washing hands continuously. The introduction and training might be conducted online or remotely from your accommodation as well. We recommend that you bring this up with your new employer if you have further concerns.
How do I make sure I can get to the new location during COVID-19?
Although borders remain mostly open within the EU, there are still mobility and entry restrictions that are affecting the free circulation of citizens. However, most of the European countries allow the entry of individuals that are going to work in the country. Keep in mind that you might need to remain in quarantine for 10-14 days upon your arrival depending on which country you are travelling to and from, or to take and show a COVID-19 issued no more than two-three days prior to arrival. These restrictions and regulations might change quickly so feel free to bring this up when speaking to our consultants or with your new employer.
Do I need a travel insurance?
Travel insurance usually covers expenses of a short trip or stay in a foreign country. As you are moving abroad for work, normal travel insurances will only cover your relocation and most likely not be eligible during your entire stay. In order to get one that covers you for a longer time, you can contact your current insurance provider to explore alternatives.
Keep in mind that most travel insurances have limitations in connection to pandemics, we recommend always checking your current insurance details before making an assumption.