Contract in Algeria

Contracting in Algeria - FAQ

What is the monthly cost of using an Umbrella Company in Algeria? 

€ 550


How long does it take to get a work permit in Algeria?

4-8 weeks but it’s dependent on the Algerian Consulate in each country of application.

What is the estimated net retention in Algeria for a contractor earning USD 500 per day?

*update pending

What is the estimated net retention in Algeria for a contractor earning USD 1000 per day?

Depending on how the income is structured but through our partner company around 90%.

*doesn’t include fee for work permit or other immigration costs

More questions? See the rest of the FAQ for more information on the Algeria work permit process

Getting Started

Taking a contract in Algeria means tackling numerous administrative headaches. Before you even begin working as an independent contractor, there are complicated payroll, tax, and immigration issues to work out.

All this complex admin comes on top of any personal matters you need to sort, as well. Even worse, it can be a huge nuisance when you’re already in Algeria, trying to adjust to a huge relocation – and a new contract!

Streamlining even a few of these obstacles can dramatically improve your experience.

Luckily, there are ways to simplify more than just a few…

Freelance Algeria Requirements


One of your first hurdles will be securing the proper work permit. To get one, you usually need an employer to sponsor you. This means they take full responsibility for you while you’re working in the country.

That’s fine for full-time employees, but what about independent contractors?

Many clients won’t offer sponsorship for a temporary worker and, even if they do, you’ll need to apply for a new permit for each new contract. This creates a mountain of paperwork each time you want to work with a new client.


Additionally, you need to figure out what you owe (if anything) in taxes for your work in Algeria.

Of course, there’s also your country of tax residency; you’re likely to owe something on that front, too.

You can take advantage of certain tax structures, but doing so requires a strong familiarity with expat tax law in Algeria.

Benefits of working through an Umbrella Company in Algeria

You can outsource a lot of these admin problems to specialists at an Umbrella Company (or contractor management company).

An Umbrella Company basically becomes your full-time “employer,” even though you stay in control of your workload, clients, and schedule. The Umbrella Company simply collects and processes your payments, filtering out social security and any necessary fees.

They can also sponsor your work permit, meaning you get to take on new clients without the aggravation of applying for a new permit each time.

Even better, most specialise in tax law for contractors in Algeria and can ensure you’re keeping the largest amount of your earnings as possible. They can even assist you with reducing your tax liability back home.

In short, you get all the benefits of a working for an employer, without sacrificing your autonomy as a contractor.

How to get started with the right Umbrella Company

There’s a lot of Umbrella Companies out there; finding the right one for you can be daunting.

We’ve done the research on Umbrella Companies in Algeria, and know how to match contractors with the perfect company. If you’ve already secured a contract, get in touch with us and let us know your situation. We can get you started with the best Umbrella Company for you, or simply offer feedback on contracting in Algeria.

Oh, and we don’t charge anything. Drop us a line and get free, honest, simple advice.

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Additional FAQ - work permits & payroll


What is the cost of a Work Permit in Algeria? € 1,500

What documentation is required for a work permit in Algeria?

Copies of the candidate’s – passport, CV (notarized), police certificate, 4 passport photos, degree/diploma certificates (notarized), employment contract with the Algerian employer, Algerian employers Certificate of Company Registration, completed application forms.

What is the work permit process in Algeria?

The Algerian company sponsoring the visa makes the application to the Algerian immigration authority, once approved the Work Permit must be taken to the Algerian Consulate in the candidates country of residency to be ratified. Once it is ratified the applicant can then enter Algeria.

Can you transfer from a business visa to a work permit in Algeria?

No you must leave the country.

Can we organise a business visa for Algeria?


How long does it take to process a business visa in Algeria?

5-10 days Consulate dependent

How much does a business visa cost in Algeria?

€ 250

Can nationals of certain countries enter Algeria without a business visa (ex. on an entry visa or visa waiver)?




€ 2,000

How does payroll work in Algeria?


It's much the same as it does globally. Your employer (the company sponsoring your visa) pays the candidate on a monthly basis, social security (9% for the employee) and income tax (which ranges from 0-40%) are deducted at source and paid to the Algeria tax authorities. There is a compulsory employer social security contribution of 26%. Candidates are able to offset their taxable income with relevant business expenses. The World Bank estimates it takes employers in Algeria 110 man days to ensure compliance with payroll and labour taxes each year.