The tools listed below are great for testing and developing your company’s readiness for internationalisation. There are many tools available for assisting with the hiring and relocation of international talents. These often take the form of both funding and servies.

Work in Finland – employer advice for international recruitment

The Work in Finland employer advice for international recruitment is a national and centralised service that provides employers with general advice on international recruitment and work-based immigration.

Experts in the service help employers operating in Finland at all stages of international recruitment, such as the recruitment of international experts, pay and permit processes and settling in.

You can contact the employer advisory services at a low threshold when planning international recruitment and needing help in understanding the overall picture of the international recruitment process and identifying the necessary measures.

International Recruitment Guide

Hiring an international talent is, at its heart, similar to any other recruitment process. The goal is the same too – to find the right employee for you. Hiring an international talent is a smooth process once it has been properly planned.

You can find the International Recruitment Guide here.

EURES Services

EURES assists jobseekers find jobs and employers to find talents from all over Europe. Click to read more on the EURES portal

You can also contact the EURES advisors in Southwest Finland 

Funding and Subsidies

Talent Funding

Talent funding is suitable for SMEs and midcap companies that want to improve their capacity for international growth by creating working, organizational, and management practices that support internationalization and improve their ability to increase the number of international experts in Finnish companies.

The maximum amount of Talent funding is EUR 50,000. Funding from Business Finland will cover 50% of the project costs, which must not exceed EUR 100,000. The funding is a non-repayable grant. No advance is paid – the full amount of the funding will be paid on completion of the final report.

Read more on the Business Finland site.

International Talents Boosting Growth – integration services

A relocation service funded by the Course Towards Finland project kicked off in early 2022 and is aimed at all SME’s. You can choose from three service packages for your new employee. Up to 80% of the service costs are covered with the maximum value of €5,000 (+ VAT) depending on the selected service packages. Read more: International Talents Boosting Growth – integration services

If you meet these criteria, your company can apply:

  • Your company’s domicile is Finland
  • You are a small or medium-sized enterprise
  • You are recruiting an employee from abroad with an employment contract for at least one year
  • The new recruit has the necessary immigration permits
  • Your company has not received financial aid for similar activities in the last two years
  • You meet the requirements for receiving de minimis aid

Taxation of Relocation Sevices

There are a lot of official and practical matters that need to be considered when settling into a new country and employees generally need support to be able to address all of these matters in the host country. It is commonplace for the employer to support the employee in this respect through direct cost reimbursements or by engaging e.g. with a service provider that will guide the employee throughout the relocation process.

Read about the typical relocation services and their tax treatment in the case of an employee and the employee’s family moving to Finland: Relocation Services Taxation.

Staff Service Companies

Many staff service companies operate in the Turku region and on a national level. They also offer support with international recruitment and headhunting. Get to know the following:

X = operates in Turku. (The list is constantly being updated. Contact the persons listed below to get your business added to the list.)