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Ultimate guide to hiring international contractors in Argentina

July 10, 2022

Growing a business is always challenging. You have a lot of things to juggle, including understanding your customers, staying on top of market changes, and delivering excellent customer service. Great employees make a huge difference in helping your business scale, but you also need to keep down the costs of a large workforce. 

One popular way to help your business grow while cutting expenses is to outsource work to international contractors.

How to find contractors in Argentina

In Argentina, the best way to find contractors is through XPat Jobs, Indeed Argentina, Craigslist, Upwork, or other freelancer sites.

What you should know before hiring a contractor in Argentina

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Who is a contractor in Argentina?

In Argentina, there are 4 different types of employee contract, but if you’re hiring an independent contractor, you don’t need any formal written contract. Still, it’s a good idea to send your offer in an email, so that you have a record of the agreement. 

Argentina defines a contractor as someone who:

  • Does not have a continuous working relationship with you
  • Doesn’t provide a personal service that couldn’t be delivered by anyone else (i.e. you could hire a different contractor if this one wasn’t available)
  • Makes their own decisions about when, where, and how to do their work
  • Bears responsibility if something goes wrong with the work they do
  • Has their own office, tools, equipment, or other clients

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The regulations around hiring contractors in Argentina

Overseas employers don’t have any obligations towards independent contractors. Contractors aren’t entitled to benefits like vacation time, sick leave, or severance pay, and you can terminate your work with them whenever you like. Your contractors are also completely responsible for filing their taxes and making social security contributions. 

You can learn more here about the regulatory framework around hiring an independent contractor in Argentina, or talk to a local legal expert.

The difference between contractors and employees

Every country has laws that define whether your worker is an employee who’s entitled to certain benefits and working conditions, or a contractor who’s essentially self-employed. 

It’s important to check what the definition is of a “contractor” in the country where you want to hire workers, and make sure that you respect it. If the country thinks your worker is an employee, then you might have to pay them back for unpaid compensation and other missed benefits.

If your worker is a contractor and not an employee, it makes a difference to:

  • The number of hours they can work in a day, week, and month
  • Their entitlement to benefits like vacation time and employer-contributed pensions
  • How their salaries are taxed
  • What your tax situation is in that country and your home country

The definition of an independent contractor

Generally, this means the payer has a say in what work is done, but not in when, where, or how the work is completed. A contractor can work for more than one payer at the same time without consulting the payer, and they can accept or refuse work whenever and however they like. 

The definition of an employee

If the work they do is controlled by the payer, the worker is usually considered as an employee. Someone who can’t work for more than one payer at the same time, or without permission from the payer, is also considered an employee.

If you’re unsure if your workers are contractors or employees, here are some more ways to tell the difference:

  • Who provides tools and supplies? If it’s you, the person is more likely to be considered an employee.
  • Are expenses reimbursed? If so, they are probably an employee.
  • Is the work performed a fundamental aspect of the business? If so, they are probably an employee.
  • How long has the contractor been working for you? The longer the relationship, the more likely they are to be considered an employee. 
  • Did the worker sign a non-compete agreement? That’s often seen as turning a contractor into an employee.

Here are some ways to make sure your workers are contractors and not employees:

  • Do not set fixed hours they have to work (e.g. 9am-5pm).
  • Avoid hiring a contractor to perform an essential aspect of your business.
  • Don’t request an exclusive relationship; instead, give the contractor freedom to have multiple clients outside your organization.
  • Don’t require workers to complete a training or supervision period.
  • Ask workers to provide their supplies and tools, and don’t reimburse them for expenses.
  • Don’t provide workers with the kind of compensation that you’d usually give to an employee, like insurance, pension, or vacation days.

Some countries require you to make a written contract with an independent contractor, while others do not. But when it comes to deciding if the worker is an employee or a contractor, authorities will look more at your actual relationship than at anything written in a contract. 

The benefits of hiring overseas contractors 

  • You’ll have employees on the ground at your target markets, so they can supervise the supply chain.
  • You have local employees who understand the culture and market that you’re selling to.
  • You can hire the best talent there is, no matter where it’s located.
  • Hiring talented workers in areas where the cost of living is low helps keep your costs down.
  • You can easily provide “follow the sun” round the clock customer support, because you have employees in different time zones. 

Whatever your reasoning, working with international contractors can be a great way to build your business and employ the best talent anywhere in the world. 

Payoneer makes it easy to pay your global contractors 

Once you’ve found local independent contractors to hire, you’ll want a convenient and affordable way to pay them. With Payoneer, you can pay independent contractors in 190+ countries around the world in their local currency, which makes it far easier and more convenient for the contractor to access their funds.

Payoneer’s fast, secure, and low-cost online payments solution allows you to send payments using your credit card or ACH bank debit transfers, which means you can skip the hassle of pre-funding your account. You can even save time and use batch payments to pay dozens of contractors simultaneously, or automate recurring payments so you’ll never be late with payday. 

Payoneer has a competitive foreign currency exchange rate and attractive fees, like just 1% for ACH bank debit transfers and 3% for credit card payments. What’s more, if you already have funds in your Payoneer account, such as a payment from your own clients, you can use that balance to pay your contractors free of charge.


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