Recruitment in Brazil

Recruitment in Brazil: Frequently Asked Questions

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

5% with a minimum of €300 a month.


What is the cost of a Work Permit in Brazil?

$1200 USD.

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

30 to 45 days.

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

*update pending

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

Depends on a number of factors: how long the contractor will be in Brazil, if there’s local invoicing, etc.

Read more about the work permit process.

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Recruitment in Brazil can be a challenge, but you don’t have to drown in time-consuming admin just to place a candidate. You can simplify complications by using an Umbrella Company (or “contractor management company”), as long as you pick the right one.

Skip ahead to find out how we can help you place candidates faster, or simply read on to find out more about the specific issues you’ll face.

Placing a new contractor in Brazil: what are the challenges?


Recruiting in Brazil generally requires a lot of complex admin duties, and contractors might end up paying too much in taxes or failing to comply with Brazil tax law. It’s important to know what kind of concerns you’ll be facing.

  • Double taxation: Contractors can incur a tax liability in both their home country and in Brazil. Many countries have agreements that mitigate this type of issue, but whether or not you can take advantage of them will depend on factors like the length of the contractor’s stay, or the laws of the contractor’s home country. You can learn more about double taxation here (note: this info was written with respect to the UK, but the general concepts will still apply).
  • Withholding tax: If a foreign company is used to provide services overseas, the payments made to that company by the Brazil client could be liable for withholding tax under Brazil tax law. Find out more about withholding tax.
  • Individual taxation and tax residency: A contractor’s tax liability will often be determined by his or her residency status in their home country and in Brazil. Figuring out their tax residency can be difficult and is often tied to the length of their stay in Brazil (or out of their home country). Read more about tax residency and individual tax liability here.
  • Permanent establishment: Most double taxation agreements limit the scope of taxation in the host country by providing that a business is only taxable in another state if it has a permanent establishment in that state. A permanent establishment is a fixed base such as a branch, office, factory, workshop, mine or oil well. To find out how to avoid permanent establishment and unnecessary tax liability, read more about the issue.

Work permits

Contractors will need to find a sponsored work permit, which can be difficult and may seriously slow the placement process. Additionally, they’ll need a new permit for each new contract, spawning even more paperwork.

See our FAQ to find out more about the cost and processing time of Brazil work permits.

Why use a contractor management company?

An efficient way to manage these problems is to outsource them to a contractor management company. They’ll act as the contractor’s “employer,” handling all of their invoicing, fees, and social security. As Brazil tax experts, they also help contractors comply with local tax law while maximising the amount they get to keep.

A quicker, better recruitment process: Working with an Umbrella Company means saving time, effort, and resources. Higher earnings and a smoother transition also make contracting a more attractive opportunity, helping you place candidates more quickly and successfully.

Still, you’ll need to find the right company for you and your candidate.

How to find the right Umbrella Company?

Making sense of the optionsFor free, we match contractors with Umbrella Companies and can help dramatically reduce waiting times. There are numerous Umbrella Companies in Brazil and each has its own specialties, services, and payment structures. Choosing the right one is crucial, but it can be difficult when you’re facing a bunch of unfamiliar options.

We’ve developed an extensive database of these companies. We can guide you through your options and help connect you with the best company for you and the contractor.

Get in touch: If you want straightforward, honest advice on recruitment in Brazil, we’re easy to contact. Call, e-mail, or chat with us online - for free.

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Work Permits & Payroll - Frequently Asked Questions


What documentation is required for a Brazil work permit?

Copy of the passport, certified proof of professional experience, updated CV, education certificates, details of address of the assignment in Brazil, proof of payment of consular fee, 2 recent passport photos, supporting services contract, work visa application form.

What is the work permit process in Brazil?

Sponsoring company makes the application in Brazil once all the relevant documentation is received from the candidate, once approved the candidate takes the approved work permit to the Brazilian Consulate in their country of origin to have it stamped in their passport.

Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Brazil?

Not to a long term Brazil work permit .

Can we organise Business Visas in Brazil?

Yes but it’s called a 90 day Work Permit.

How long does it take to process a Business Visa in Brazil?

1 to 2 weeks.

How much does a Work Permit cost in Brazil?

$825 USD

Can nationals of certain countries enter Brazil without a Business Visa (ex. on an entry visa or visa waiver)?


Yes. Citizens of the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sovereign Military Order of Malta (citizens of Malta
must have a visa), Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City - can enter Brazil without a visa either for tourism or business for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days.


$4,000 USD.

What is the monthly cost to run a local payroll in Brazil?


5% with a minimum of €300 a month.

How does payroll work in Brazil?


Much the same as it does globally. Your employer (the company sponsoring your visa) pays the employee on a monthly basis after deducting social security, income tax and payroll tax (estimated at 31% by the World Bank). These deductions are paid direct to the Brazil tax authorities. Candidates are able to offset their taxable income with relevant business expenses. The World Bank estimates it takes employers in Brazil an extraordinary 490 man days to ensure compliance with payroll and labour taxes each year! This is one of the major reasons why outsourcing Brazilian payroll is so attractive to employers.