Contractor Payroll in UAE

Positioning a candidate internationally means navigating unfamiliar tax and payroll systems. Not only does this generally mean more work for you, but even small missteps can have serious financial or even legal consequences.

If you want to successfully place a contractor, you should first familiarize yourself with the contractor payroll process in UAE, as well as how you can make the situation simpler.

Contractor Payroll in UAE

Payroll options in UAE

There are several different options for payroll in UAE:

  • The client can provide payroll for the contractor, but not all clients offer this for temporary workers.  
  • The contractor can do it on their own, but this creates serious risk for the end client and possibly your agency, as well. Like most people, many contractors do not specialise in UAE’s tax system, nor do they always have the time or means to pore over complex tax returns.
  • Your contractor can use a local payroll company.

The third option is the simplest and quickest. An even simpler and quicker option is to use an Umbrella Company, as they offer the same services as a local payroll provider in addition to other services that simplify international assignments (such as Work Permit sponsorship).

Check out our FAQ for specific quotes on payroll providers and Umbrella Companies. 

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Questions and Answers about Payroll in United Arab Emirates

Q: How does payroll work in United Arab Emirates?
A: Your employer (the company sponsoring your visa) pays the candidate on a monthly basis. They deduct social security - which is 12.5% for employers and 5% for employees. This is not applicable to foreign workers. There is no income tax in UAE for locals or foreigners. Deductions are made at source and paid to the United Arab Emirates tax authorities. The World Bank estimates it takes employers in United Arab Emirates 12 man days to ensure compliance with payroll and labour taxes each year.

Q: What is the monthly cost to outsource payroll in United Arab Emirates?
A: $50 per person

Q: What is the estimated net retention for a contractor in United Arab Emirates earning USD 1000 per day?
A: 100%

Q: What is the minimum salary required per month in United Arab Emirates when a candidate is sponsored on an Work Permit?
A: $4000 USD per month

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