Before a contractor is legally eligible to work in Middle East, they must complete a variety of administrative requirements. Any contract you sign in Middle East requires you to pay a tax. For those new to working in the country, it is often difficult to learn how to calculate payments and how to comply with the local employment laws. For any contractor from outside of Middle East must also have an employer sponsor them in order to gain a work permit in Middle East. We help contractors through all of these issues by matching them with the right umbrella company. We work in a variety of fields such as IT project management, software development, business analysis, oil and gas work and telecommunications.
Freelance Middle East Requirements
Before you even consider taking a contract job in Middle East, you must have two things first. For contractors living outside Middle East, you must obtain a Middle Eastern work permit. The process is slightly more complex as you must first find an employer to sponsor the permit. This means the employer takes full responsibility for your presence in Middle East during the contract period. Contractors end up with far more administrative work than those working permanent as in theory new sponsors are needed for each employer change.
Even if you don't need a work permit the main thing you will need is tax advice, including how exactly they are calculated and paid. You may be responsible for paying a tax in your country of origin for your contract in Middle East. Before beginning work, you should fully understand your tax obligations in your home country and the Middle Eastern tax system.
Regardless of your country of origin, we are here to help you fully understand the concept of taxes and the process of gaining the appropriate work permit. For contractors who have been offered a contract in Middle East, we can help by finding the appropriate umbrella company to handle the complicated administrative tasks.
The Benefits of Umbrella Companies When Contracting In Middle East
The majority of problems contractors face when offered a contract in Middle East can be simplified by an umbrella company, also known as contractor management companies. These companies are essentially the contractor's employer. They collect all payments from clients, take care of tax calculations and payments, pay social security and any other required fees and cut you a check with the remaining amount. Some umbrella companies even serve as a sponsor for work permits.
Unlike a new contractor, umbrella companies already understand all the details of the local tax system, including complex rules and regulations. Since these companies are tax experts, they ensure you keep as much of your earnings as possible. You still comply with all local laws, but take advantage of all tax benefits you are eligible for.
Umbrella companies require you to submit a timesheet for your Middle Eastern contract. They then subtract all fees and taxes and send you your payment on the same day they receive it. All the contractor is responsible for is telling the company how much they've worked. For record keeping, you receive receipts and pay slips.
For those who need it, umbrella companies offer an added benefit of helping you gain a work permit in Middle East. Since they serve as your employer, they make the perfect sponsor. Some smaller umbrella companies do not offer this service, but most of the larger, established ones do. If you are sponsored by your umbrella company, you don't have to worry about changing sponsors for each new contract. This gives contractors the peace of mind they need to focus on work instead of seeking new sponsors.
What We Do To Help
Our job is to help independent contractors looking for jobs in Middle East find an appropriate umbrella company for their needs. Even though you will be considered an employee, you are still free to act as an independent contractor. This means you are able to choose your own contracts, manage how little or much you work and change clients when you choose without the burden of administrative work. We find an umbrella company to handle all the tiresome paperwork so you are free to focus on completing contracts and seeking new clients.
Our extensive database and expert knowledge of the various umbrella companies in Middle East ensures we find the most suitable choices for you. Simply tell us what you need and your current circumstances and we do the rest. Trying to choose an umbrella company on your own can be overwhelming, especially with the wide variety available. We are here to share our knowledge and give you advice you can trust and understand. We will help you understand how taxes in Middle East affect your contract and how work permit rules affect you.
Contact us at any time to find the right umbrella company or ask for advice concerning anything related to contracting in Middle East. We pride ourselves on responding quickly to every enquiry. We believe in helping contractors get the best deal possible. As an added benefit, we do all of this for free.