Case Studies

Study 1 - The Consultant:

Dave, a Senior Project Manager (construction) from Australia, was offered a lucrative 18 month assignment in Dubai working for a construction company. However, neither the recruitment agency based in London, nor the construction company’s local office was willing to organize a Dubai Work Permit for Dave and his family.

Thankfully, after a friend told him to contact contractor taxation and we passed his case on to our local partner in Dubai, a full Dubai Work Permit was soon in place that would cover him for his 18 month contract and give him the opportunity to work for other end clients after that assignment had finished. Further, due to our local partners understanding of dual taxation laws and the special regulations for expatriate workers, he was earning more money than he expected.

Working Permit

Study 2 - Consultant Requiring Tax Minimisation.

Caroline had no experience contracting in the Middle East, so when she was offered a contract working in Jordan she didn’t know what options were available to her. Even the regular contributors to the Expat Contracting Forums had little information on Jordan payment structures for contractors. Wanting to know the full scope of her options, she ‘googled’ contractor taxation and was able to obtain a thorough overview of her Contractor Management options before deciding on which payment structure to use. We were able to provide her with a variety of quotes based on her individual circumstances and together we selected the Jordan payroll structure that best suited circumstances for the duration of her contract job in Jordan.

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Study 3 - The Recruiter:

London based recruitment consultant Stuart Clarke had located the perfect candidate for his client, a consultancy group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. However, the candidate was a French citizen working in Germany. His client’s only solution for a Saudi Arabia work permit was to hire and payroll the candidate directly. This would have limited the contractor to roles with the client and clients were reluctant to sponsor a contractor on a Saudi Arabia Work Permit. This meant the candidate was reluctant to take the role and left the client in a less than ideal situation. If only there was another solution! A colleague referred Stuart to contractor taxation and our local partner was able to step into the breach. By offering a conduit between agency, end client and contractor all parties needs were met and the project was able to proceed without incident.

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Study 4 - The Employer:

Carl, the senior sales representative for a large Boston based consultancy had won a project to roll out their trading software product to The National Bank of Abu Dhabi. He needed to urgently bring 12 of the technical and consultancy staff over from the USA to support the project. Given Abu Dhabi’s strict immigration and business practice laws it was essential that all correct procedures were followed. The Boston Head Office was reticent to setup a local entity to handle payroll and employment functions given the administrative difficulties and expense that this would entail. Our local partner was able to assist him by employing and payrolling the staff as a 3rd party, providing all specialist tax and immigration advice.

Not only did this alleviate the administration and cost issues, it was easy to migrate the staff back to his company once the contract was completed. Please note these studies are used for information purposes only and any resemblance to persons real or imagined is purely incidental.

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