Eight key things you’ll need to consider to contract abroad

If you’re considering taking up your first contract abroad with a new role overseas you’ll have just discovered that there’s a lot of paperwork and legislation you need to prepare.

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Aug 20, 2019
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If you’re considering taking up your first contract abroad with a new role overseas you’ll have just discovered that there’s a lot of paperwork and legislation you need to prepare.

We take a look at the eight key things you’ll need to consider to contract abroad.

1. Be clear on the assignment requirements 

It is advisable, when negotiating your contract, to gain absolute clarity around location, assignment, length of project, etc.

2. Right to Work

Find out if you require a visa / permit to enter and work in the particular country, and ensure you understand the conditions of these. Each country has varying types of visa, so research the regulations around the one you’ll be under. For example, some countries may require you to leave and re-enter after a certain period and there might also be limitations to taking on other employment, outside of your contracted job, while in-country.

3. Travel

Find out your travel options and plan your journey well in advance (flight, driving, ferry, etc.). Thoroughly investigate the destination country’s travel / driving legislations before departure. In France, for example, you have to carry two NF certified breathalysers in your car among other requirements.

4. Expenses

Budget well before travel for your day-to-day expenses, like food and accommodation – find out what is available and at what cost. Always make sure you have made accommodation arrangements prior to departure.

5. Insurance

Ensure you have the correct travel insurance cover in place, especially if you will be using your own vehicle to travel. It is also advisable to have medical and repatriation cover. For some countries these are part of the visa requirement, so double check before leaving.

6. Banking

Check with your bank if they accept international payments and also obtain your IBAN and SWIFT codes. Some countries may require you to open an in-country account, so check out their banking/finance regulations before travel. If you’ll be receiving payment in a different currency to your home country currency, check with your bank if there are any impacts on currency conversions.

7. Payroll

In-country regulations vary so make sure your provider knows the law. You’ll also need to establish if you will be paid on a weekly or monthly basis for budget reasons.

8. Find a compliant partner

To ensure you remain compliant in the country you’re living and working in make sure you choose an international assignment support company who knows all the relevant legislation – taking away the hassle for you.


About NRL

Our International team support clients and contractors with mobilisation, taxation, insurance and repatriation through our International Assignment Support service. For each project we'll create a bespoke mobilisation solution with a focus on mitigating the potential risks of non-compliance for your business.

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Will Fossey

International Development Director, NRL Limited

A specialist in the international recruitment & global mobility market with extensive experience of developing solutions throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, working primarily within the Aerospace, Automotive & Energy (Conventional, Renewable, Nuclear, Oil & Gas) sectors.

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