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Working Overseas


Working abroad can be challenging, exciting and rewarding but also stressful. You may be new to working outside your native country or you may be a seasoned professional, but either way our experienced recruitment consultants can help and advise you about the benefits and pitfalls of working overseas. We can also point you in the right direction for professional advice from 3rd party organisations specialising in tax matters, social security obligations, insurance and visas.  

We will ensure that candidates starting projects abroad adhere to national and international rules and regulations, but we are also on hand to offer advice on matters such as accommodation, transport and even social opportunities in your new locality. Our consultants have accumulated this knowledge from personal experience and from speaking to candidates and contacts who have worked in the same locations and customer sites before you.

We encourage feedback from our consultants about their experiences working abroad. If you have some valuable or interesting information you would to share with our network of candidates on matters such as accommodation, travel, local regulations or even the best places to go out in the evenings, then please send your comments by using the Quick Contact function on the Home Page. We will make this information available to other candidates who would benefit from your insider knowledge.

Work permits and visas

At Centum Recruitment our main geographical focus is providing consultants throughout Europe. Citizens of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) full member states are able to live and work freely in any of the other member states. However, if you fall outside of these member states, you will have to apply for a work permit to work in the relevant European country. You should contact the embassy of the country you want to work in, as they will be able to offer you the best advice on the requirements for obtaining a work permit or visa. 

Please refer to the list below illustrating the Member States:

EU – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK.

EUA - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK.

EFTA – Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Umbrella Company or Limited Company

When you are offered a contract position, whether in your home country or overseas, one of the first things you must decide is how you will manage your affairs as a contractor. Rules and regulations vary from country to country and are subject to change. Generally speaking you can either work through your own company as a self-employed contractor or through an umbrella or management company. We can offer advice and guidance on solutions which are compliant with local requirements but strongly advise contractors to also seek professional independent advice.  

Umbrella Companies can help with your paperwork including invoicing, ensuring you are legally compliant and your tax and NI contributions are paid. You will be charged for their services either on a percentage or fixed fee basis, but a lot of contractors prefer this option as good advice can save time and money in the long run. It is always best to compare several umbrella or management company solutions and decide which is best suited to your needs.

Internet Resources

There is a lot of information on the web about working abroad as a contractor. Many umbrella companies have detailed and very useful information about working and living in all the major European countries and there are online forums and communities which can provide you with the latest up-to-date information. Expactica is a good site which offers advice on a range of subjects, which you will want to know as a contractor working abroad.