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an international outsourcing strategy for success

What is an umbrella company?

An umbrella company takes charge of payroll and compliance responsibilities for local companies. In some countries these are known as ‘Employer of Record’ (EOR) or ‘Professional Employer Organization’ (PEO) solutions. Core services of umbrella companies include:

  • Providing invoicing services;
  • Withholding payroll tax and necessary deductions;
  • Payroll services for its employees, including processing timesheets, paying employees their wages and any reimbursable expenses;
  • Administering employee benefits such as sick pay, holiday pay and severance pay. 
hire employees with HORIZONS umbrella company

We hire and pay employees
on your behalf in 180+ countries

Hiring overseas usually requires you to open your own subsidiary or entity. This is expensive, time-consuming, and makes you solely responsible for complex tax and labor law compliance.  With the Horizons umbrella company solution, you get all the benefits of international hiring without the hassle of opening a local entity.

Hire anywhere

Hire employees  in 180+ countries worldwide.

No entity required

With Horizons EOR, hire in hours instead of months.

Save up to 85%

We fill all local HR duties so you save on hiring costs. 

grow your global team with Horizons umbrella company

Why hire with an umbrella company?

Why should you consider hiring with an umbrella company? Consider the following ways in which global hire may appeal to a company:

Source qualified staff

There are well-recognized skill shortages in North America and Europe, especially when it comes to technology and senior management roles. Hiring with an umbrella company can help fill those skills gaps.

Expand into new markets

Hiring overseas is an important part of any international expansion. An umbrella company can streamline that process. Staff based overseas will understand local market dynamics, regulations and compliance in a more robust way.

Optimize time zones

Many companies benefit from having a workforce based in specific locations or time zones. This ensures that there are team members around to support customers and other team members in any part of the world, at any time.

Use multiple languages

For many international businesses, their clientele are themselves international. This means that it can be important to have staff that speak internationally important languages such as Mandarin or Spanish. Hiring with an umbrella company is a straightforward way of achieving a team with these capabilities.


Having employees in multiple overseas locations makes the business more resilient against any issues that affect some employees. An umbrella company can help you mitigate liabilities specific to one location.


Hiring in countries with a lower cost-of-living can save global companies money. Umbrella companies allow you to hire and scale at a fraction of the cost of entity establishment.


Why Horizons?

When you partner with Horizons for your umbrella company solution, you ensure a smooth, hassle-free hiring and payroll experience. Employees can be onboarded, in any country in the world, within 24 hours. 

Umbrella companies in 180+ countries

Forget complicated subsidiary or entity set up. With Horizons your global team can be hired in any country through 180+ entities.

Pay employees in local currencies

The Horizons umbrella company solution takes care of payroll for every employee, leaving you with just one monthly bill, paid in the currency of your choice.

Hire within 24 hours

Hiring overseas no longer takes weeks or months. With Horizons umbrella company new employees can be ready to go within 24 hours.

Manage compliance

Horizons takes care of all employment taxes, social security contributions and other liabilities. There is no need for you to decipher complex foreign legal requirements.

Improve employee wellbeing

The Horizons umbrella company solution provides superior employee health insurance and benefits for your employees.

Save on hiring costs

Through our umbrella company, Horizons can save you up to 85 percent on the cost of employee hire.

Umbrella company 
with three simple steps

1. Select employees

Pick candidates of your own choosing, or make use of our talent acquisition service.

2. We hire and onboard

Our umbrella company becomes the Employer of Record (EOR) for your global team, while you remain in charge on a day-to-day basis.

3. We manage payroll

We take care of payroll and also withhold employment taxes and manage compliance. 

ONE invoice for all global employees

Pay international employees effortlessly

Reduce the time you spend on setting up local payroll and paying your global team. We take care of everything, so you can focus on your business.

Horizons umbrella company makes global hiring easy

The benefits of the Horizons umbrella company solution

Global coverage

With one partner, you can hire a global workforce in 180+ countries.

Fast international hire

Instead of the weeks or months it takes to set up an entity, onboard employees in as little as 24 hours.

Cost savings

With no need for company incorporation or set-up, you save 85 percent of the cost of hiring overseas.

Local expertise

Our experts on the ground ensure full compliance with local tax and labor laws.

Full service HR

As well as umbrella company solutions, Horizons can manage EOR services, contractor hire, recruitment & visas.

Intuitive platform

Our user-friendly HR platform gives you 24/7 oversight of your global payroll.


There often comes a time when employees are ready to move on. This is usually a resignation, but in some cases could be a dismissal/ termination.

Horizons manages this ‘offboarding’ for you, to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

The steps are as follows:

01. Select employment contract

Through our platform, find the contract of the relevant employee and initiate an offboarding request.

02. Provide necessary information

We will request further information, such as any reasons for dismissal, to ensure that local laws relating to ending contracts are followed.

03. Send final request

We will then be in touch to confirm the dates and details for any contract termination.

Hire in 24 hours

Hiring internationally used to take weeks or months. With Horizons you can onboard employees in as little as 24 hours.

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