Employer of Record (EOR)

Hire and onboard the best talent for your business quickly and compliantly from anywhere in the world through Emerald's Employer of Record solution.

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What is an Employer of Record?

An Employer of Record (EOR) is a Global Employment Solution that acts as your global expansion partner.

Your EOR partner becomes the full legal employer of a company's international workforce, therefore handling payroll, taxes, benefits and local compliance, so you can focus on growing your business.

Utilise Emerald's EOR solution to help your business expand and hire in over 150 countries across EMEA, APAC, The Americas and META. 

Setting up and maintaining an entity in a new territory can be costly and time consuming; not to mention the challenges of setting up in a country with legislation and cultural nuances that you are completely unfamiliar with.

Engaging with an EOR makes international expansion simple, allowing start-ups and enterprise businesses to hire and payroll a remote workforce quickly and cost-effectively.     

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Effortlessly manage payroll for your remote team all in one place, regardless of physical location, all within a unified system



Seamless onboard your international workforce with 24/7 support from our dedicated Customer Success team



As your EOR we shoulder full employment liability for each employee that adheres to ISO/ IEC 27001, SOC2 and GDPR standards



Overcome geographic boundaries, maintain a lean, agile and flexible workforce in as many international locations of your choice



Drastically cut subsidiary costs and eliminate financial commitments in case of withdrawal or retrenchment


Low Risk

Completely mitigate risk and avoid any legal complexities associated with sourcing, onboarding and employing global teams



Explore limitless possibilities. Identify, target, source, onboard and employ top-quality candidates in any region worldwide



Streamline operations with full outsourcing of payroll, tax, HR and legal matters, all consolidated in a single monthly invoice

What Does an EOR Do?

At its core, an EOR serves as the formal employer for tax purposes and assumes the responsibilities and liabilities associated with employment. This includes handling payroll, tax filings, employee benefits, insurance, and ensuring compliance with local labor laws. The client company retains control over the day-to=day activities and management of the employees, while the EOR takes care of the administrative and legal aspects of employment. This partnership allows businesses to expand their operations, including into new geographical areas, without the need to establish a legal entity in the location where the employee works. 

When to Use an Employer of Record Service?

To address the complex challenges international expansion poses, Emerald Technology provides a flexible Employer of Record (EOR) solution amongst other Global Employment solutions - Global Payroll, Professional Employment Organisation (PEO), Global Workforce Management (compliance, visas & logistics) and Talent Acquisition solutions.

Our bespoke services enable you to source the very best talent and set up quickly, flexibly and compliantly in new territories; whether you are looking to accelerate your global expansion, or simply redistribute resources more effectively in accordance with the changing commercial needs of your business.

Engaging with an EOR makes international expansion simple, allowing start-ups and enterprise businesses to hire and payroll a remote workforce quickly and cost-effectively.     

Engage with us as a partner for anything from a single service – such as payrolling your remote workforce – to supporting the entire lifecycle of your employee.

How to Choose the Right EOR Agency?

Choosing the appropriate Employer of Record agency is pivotal for companies aiming to smoothly and effectively broaden their operations. Here are essential aspects to consider when selecting an EOR agency:

Proven Expertise and ExperienceSeek an EOR with a proven history in the regions you intend to operate. Their experience in navigating local labour laws, tax regulations, and compliance issues is crucial. Determine their knowledge in your specific industry to ensure they grasp the distinct challenges and needs your business may face. 
Comprehensive Service OfferingsReview the range of services the EOR provides. Confirm they encompass all necessary areas, such as payroll processing, compliance with tax laws, HR management, and administration of benefits. Look for customisable solutions that can adapt to the unique needs of your business. 
Compliance and Risk ManagementThe EOR should possess a strong compliance structure to effectively manage the complex regulatory environment and shield  your business from potential legal and financial pitfalls. Ask about their methods for keeping abreast of changes in local laws to guarantee continuous compliance.

4. Advanced Tech and Integrations

Examine the technology platform the EOR utilises for managing payroll, benefits, and other HR tasks. It should be easy to use and integrate well with your current systems. Features to look for include real-time data access, reporting tools, and employee self-service support. 
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5. Reputation and Client Feedback

Investigate the EOR's reputation in the marketplace. Explore client testimonials, case studies, and reviews from third parties measure the satisfaction levels of their current and form clients. Consider reaching out directly to some of their clients for firsthand feedback on their experiences.
Exceptional Customer Support 

Assess the customer support level provided. A dependable EOR should offer prompt support to resolve any issues or questions. Check if they assign a single point of contact for your business, which can simplify communication and problem-solving. 

Transparent Cost Structure

Understand the pricing model for the EOR services. Look for clear pricing to avoid unexpected fees and ensure the cost aligns with your budget and business model. Compare the value offered by various EOR agencies to identify the best investment for your business.

Cultural Compatibility

Evaluate the cultural alignment between your company and the EOR. It's important that they understand your business ethos and can collaborate effectively with your team. A suitable EOR should act as an extension of your team, showing flexibility and dedication to your company's success.

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Cloud Platform

Emerald Technology's Cloud Platform was designed with a focus on efficiency, transparency, and user-friendly functionality. Our Platform seamlessly integrates with our EOR service, for no extra cost.

It empowers businesses to manage global payroll, streamline HR processes, ensure regulatory compliance, and enjoy real-time visibility into their international workforce—all under one intuitive interface.

From seamless onboarding to payroll management, our Cloud Platform is the catalyst for optimizing the entire employment lifecycle, making global workforce management a breeze for businesses of all sizes.

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Benefits of Using an Employer of Record Service

Employing an Employer of Record (EOR) service presents a strategic advantage for businesses looking to scale, diversify, or enter new markets with reduced overhead and complexity. Here's a detailed exploration of the benefits mentioned, with added context and examples:

  • Geographical Expansion

  • Assured Compliance

  • Streamlined HR Processes

  • Cost Efficiency

Expanding business operations into new geographical areas or countries presents a host of challenges, including navigating foreign regulations, understanding cultural differences, and establishing a local corporate presence.x

Examples: Consider a U.S.-based technology company aiming to hire developers in Eastern Europe or a European retail brand looking to enter the Asian market. In both cases, setting up a local entity involves significant time, effort, and expense. An EOR service, by contrast, can act as the legal employer in the target region, handling all local employment requirements. This allows the business to quickly deploy workforce in new regions without the burden of establishing a local branch or subsidiary.

Each country has its own set of labor laws and employment regulations, which can be a minefield for foreign businesses. Non-compliance can result in fines, legal issues, and damage to the company's reputation.

Examples: In France, the labor laws include strict guidelines on working hours, overtime pay, and termination processes, whereas in Japan, the rules around probationary periods and mandatory benefits are quite distinct. An EOR, with its expertise in local labor laws, ensures that employment contracts, work hours, benefits, and terminations are all handled in compliance with local regulations, thereby minimizing the risk of legal complications.

Managing human resources can be complex and time-consuming, especially when dealing with international employees. This includes payroll, taxes, benefits administration, and compliance with employment laws.

Examples: By outsourcing these responsibilities to an EOR, companies can streamline HR processes. For instance, a startup can focus on product development and market expansion without being bogged down by payroll calculations and tax filings across different countries. The EOR takes over these operational HR tasks, ensuring employees are paid correctly and on time, benefits are administered, and any HR issues are resolved swiftly, allowing the company to concentrate on its core activities and strategic objectives.

The cost of setting up a legal entity in a new country includes legal fees, registration costs, and ongoing compliance and administrative expenses. These costs can be prohibitively high, especially for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or companies exploring new markets.

Examples: For a small e-commerce business looking to hire customer service representatives in a non-native market, the overhead of legal and HR infrastructure can be significantly reduced by using an EOR service. Instead of investing in local HR and legal departments, the company can utilize the EOR to manage employment at a fraction of the cost, avoiding the capital expenditure and operational costs associated with establishing and maintaining a foreign subsidiary. This approach not only saves money but also accelerates the time to market, offering a competitive edge.

Are There Any Drawbacks of an EOR?

Reduced Direct Oversight

Although the client company oversees daily tasks, the EOR manages employment-related administrative decisions.


Relying on an EOR for compliance and payroll can lead to dependence, highlighting the importance of selecting a reputable provider.

Financial Consideration

For some businesses, the costs associated with an EOR service may not justify the benefits, especially if operations in a new market are minimal.

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Want to discover more about an Employer of Record solution? We have created a useful guide to help you understand the key information about EORs and how they can support your business. 

EOR vs PEO: What are The Differences?

Employer of Record (EOR) and Professional Employer Organisation (PEO) are often confused but serve distinct purposes:

Employer of Record

Acts as the legal employer for staff, assuming all legal and HR responsibilities. It is ideal for companies aiming to employ staff in locations where they lack a legal entity,

Professional Employer Organisation

Forms a co-employment arrangement with your company, sharing responsibilities for employees. It suits businesses with a market presence in their country of operation that are looking to outsource HR functions, such as payroll, benefits administration, and compliance management, to focus more on their core business activities.


What our customers say

Emerald goes above and beyond the call of duty to support their clients. We were able to expand, got great feedback from employees who were onboarded by Emerald.

The staff, their professionalism, and willingness to go above and beyond when issues naturally arise out of the blue. Emeralds always on professional approach is second to none.

Emerald have proven themselves to be an extremely versatile talent partner, supporting Rancher in numerous territories across three continents.


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What is an Employer of Record?

An Employer of Record (EOR) is a crucial component of our services at Emerald Technology. We act as your EOR, allowing your company to hire and employ workers compliantly in multiple countries. We take on the responsibility of managing payroll, benefits, and tax compliance, so you can focus on your core business. With Emerald Technology as your EOR, you can seamlessly expand your international workforce, knowing that all employment-related complexities are expertly handled, ensuring compliance with local regulations.

How do I know which package is best for me?

Emerald Technology offers three distinct packages to cater to your specific needs:

  • Entry Package: Ideal for companies seeking a straightforward solution for localized contracts, global payroll, and direct employee onboarding. This package includes basic platform features.

  • Growth Package: Suited for businesses that require additional support throughout the hiring and employment lifecycle of their international workforce. It offers benefits for your workforce, a dedicated onboarding specialist, and 24/7 online support, in addition to basic platform features.

  • Enterprise Package: Designed for companies looking for comprehensive end-to-end support. This package encompasses all the features of the Entry and Growth packages, with the addition of work visa support, employee engagement services, and reference and security checks.

Choose the package that aligns with your company's specific requirements and level of support needed.

What is the recruitment add-on?

Emerald Technology stands out as the only provider in the market offering a seamless end-to-end solution for identifying, recruiting, onboarding, and payrolling talent through our Employer of Record (EOR) services. With our Global Talent Services add-on, you gain access to our extensive expertise and knowledge in the recruitment industry. We have industry-recognized leaders on our team who will assist you in finding the right talent for your global expansion needs. This add-on empowers your company with the ability to build a high-performing international team, all while ensuring compliance and reducing administrative burdens. Trust Emerald Technology to help you tap into a world of talent and make your global expansion a success.

How can I get started?

Getting started with Emerald Technology is easy and hassle-free. Follow these simple steps to begin your journey towards seamless global expansion:

  • Contact Us/ Sign Up: Reach out to our team through our website or sign up directly to our platform here. 

  • Choose Your Package: Select the package that best suits your requirements - whether it's the Entry, Growth, or Enterprise package. Each package offers a range of services to support your global expansion goals.

  • Onboarding: Once you've chosen your package, our team will assist you in the onboarding process. You'll gain access to our platform, where you can start recruiting, onboarding, and payroll your international workforce with ease.

  • Dedicated Support: Throughout your journey with Emerald Technology, you'll have access to dedicated customer support and onboarding specialists who are ready to assist you 24/7.

  • Start Expanding: With Emerald Technology, the sky is the limit. You can now expand your business globally, access top-tier talent, and streamline your global operations confidently.

What countries does Emerald Technology operate in?

Emerald Technology operates in over 150 countries worldwide, making us a truly global partner for your expansion needs. We have established a strong presence in key regions across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and beyond. Whether you're looking to hire talent in North America, Europe, Asia, or any other part of the world, our extensive network and expertise ensure that you can access talent and expand compliantly in virtually any country. Our goal is to empower your business with the freedom to recruit, onboard, and payroll talent in any global location while ensuring full compliance with local regulations and laws. If you have specific questions about our presence in a particular country or region, don't hesitate to reach out to our team for personalised assistance.