Contract in Macau

Contracting in Macau - FAQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

Getting Started

Taking a contract in Macau 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 Macau, 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 Macau 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 Macau.

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 Macau.

Benefits of working through an Umbrella Company in Macau

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 Macau 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 Macau, 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 Macau.

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

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What documentation is required for a work permit in Macau?

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What is the work permit process in Macau?

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

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Can we organise a business visa for Macau?

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

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How much does a business visa cost in Macau?

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


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How does payroll work in Macau?


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