The International Workforce Program provides a practical, flexible, and cost-effective solution to address the growing labour shortages in the construction, mining and energy industries. For over 17 years, the program has responded effectively to severe labour shortages across Western Europe. It is now a growing and increasingly viable option for Canadian companies, and an innovative approach to alleviating workforce challenges.
Rakia Recruiting solves workforce shortages by matching qualified, skilled workers and labourers with local projects ranging in duration from several months to years. The workers earn the strong Canadian dollar, while Canadian companies gain a dedicated workforce, hand-picked skill sets, and a cost-effective strategy to complete projects on time.
Scope of Services
Depending on project specifications and client needs, scope of services may include:
- Sourcing, screening, and selecting workforce and team leaders
- Coordinating direct screening and interviews by clients
- Handling immigration, permits, drug and health tests, and legal administration
- Coordinating workforce testing and training
- Arrangement of transportation and/or accommodations
- Workforce management
- Payroll, inclusive of EI, WCB, statutory holidays, etc.
- Contingency workforce plan
- Project debriefing
Features and Benefits
With Rakia Recruiting, soft costs such as turnover and retraining become negligible, as our international workers are dedicated to the project and motivated to maximize their Canadian earnings by working the full length of their contract and the hours needed to complete the job on time. This not only means significant savings for you – it also makes your costs more predictable, allowing you to budget and schedule more accurately.
We have over 360,000 international workers on hand at any given time, ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice.
We work with a specialized network of pre-approved vendors across 8 different countries who are equipped to mobilize quickly to find skilled workers in addition to those we already have on hand.
Of the thousands of pre-screened candidates we have on hand, over 20,000 of them have worked directly with Rakia for a period of 2-6 years on various projects and assignments. This means that we have first-hand knowledge of their work ethic and competency, as well as completed references and feedback on past projects.
We ensure the quality of the candidate selection by deploying our own staff to our vendor locations across Europe to directly oversee recruitment processes for active orders and projects.
Our international workers are excited to earn the Canadian dollar, and motivated to maximize those earnings by staying the full length of their contracts as well as maximizing the amount of hours they work. Their heightened work ethic translates into quality work done in minimum time, allowing projects to be completed on budget and as scheduled.
In many cases, our workforce teams have previous experience working with each other, and are able to take directions easily and work efficiently and cooperatively together.
Each team is staffed with an English-qualified team leader who is able to manage team dynamics, translate directions competently, and provide leadership as necessary.
Rakia Recruiting has the resources required, including Canadian and overseas personnel, to manage the immigration/visa process from start to finish. This saves you time and hassle, making it possible to employ an international workforce on a scale that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive.
We have the processes in place to provide unionized workers upon request by our clients.
Depending on our clients’ needs, Rakia Recruiting can arrange for transportation and accommodations of groups large and small.
Rakia Recruiting has the payroll capability and administrative infrastructure to act as Employer of Record, minimizing your liability and simplifying your accounting processes.
Health and safety for our international workforce is of utmost importance us. As employer of record, we ensure that all workforce employees are educated and trained on in-house safety standards, that they participate in all required safety training required by the client, and that team leaders are sufficiently qualified in both English and communicating safety procedures to teams.
In order to ensure a maximum attendance, especially on time-sensitive projects, we offer the option to retain a contingency of workers. These workers are pre-screened and qualified by us, trained with the rest of the main workforce, and available on an on-call basis. This program minimizes the impact of workforce turnover on your project’s objectives.
- Team size: min. 10 people
- Contract length: min. 6 months (or less >15-person teams)
- Hours of work per week: Min. 50hrs/wk for each employee (with overtime pay, in compliance with Canadian labour laws)
- DIGGING DEEPER
- Expert Communication
- Direct Oversight Of Global Recruitment Practices
With over 20 years of experience and first-hand knowledge of your industry niche, we know what questions we need to ask in order to serve you better. This applies whether you are a client or a candidate. Asking the right questions and understanding your needs, strengths, and goals means that we are able to make better matches and achieve higher retention rates for our clients than our competition.
The quality of communication can make or break the recruitment process and our ability to deliver the best fit for both clients and candidates. All our staff are extensively trained on Rakia Recruiting communication standards and delivery procedures. This includes everything from order-taking protocol and industry-specific reference check questions to offer negotiation and follow-up quality control, ensuring that nothing gets missed. You can be confident in the consistency and quality of our customer service.
We don’t just recruit from a distance. For every active international workforce project, we ensure the quality of the candidate selection by deploying our own professional staff to directly oversee the recruitment process at our multiple vendor locations across Europe.
Fees and payment schedules are negotiated on a per-project basis and terms are flexible to suit our clients’ needs.