Hiring, Staffing & Working Abroad

Personnel needs abroad are complex due to meeting both U.S. and foreign country labor and tax regulations. Reach out to GSS early in your planning and budgeting process to help find the best route for you.

There are several elements, when working in foreign countries that might make hiring abroad a complex process. Before starting consider the following:

  1. The Activity

  2. The Country

  3. Penn's status in that country

These are just a few aspects to be addressed to mitigate the immediate and long-term challenges and risks associated with engaging international personnel. Penn department/centers (Programs) should consider the employment laws of the host country and the planned activities of the staff. In addition, they should try to anticipate how staffing needs may change in subsequent years after the program is established. 

In-Country Considerations:
  • The social tax withholdings, statutory benefit requirements, or local labor laws.

  • How wages will be paid?

  • Does compensation meet minimum obligations?

  • The proper work authorization (visas, work-permits, licenses, etc.).

  • US vs local benefits eligibility & requirements.

What is your staffing need?

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Engaging Independent Contractors (ICs)

ICs can include Translators, Researchers, Area Studies Experts

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Hiring Locals Directly

Vendors such as Tour Guides, Rental Facilities and Equipment.

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Collaborating with an Established Organization

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Contracting with a Professional Employment Organization (PEO)

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Penn Personnel Working Abroad

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Engaging Independent Contractors (ICs)

ICs can include Translators, Researchers, Area Studies Experts

account_circle

Hiring Locals Directly

Vendors such as Tour Guides, Rental Facilities and Equipment.

group

Collaborating with an Established Organization

business_center

Contracting with a Professional Employment Organization (PEO)

flight

Penn Personnel Working Abroad

For more information:

Hiring Abroad Toolkit