Tips for finding a remote job where you will be hired as an employee in Europe
Remote working has now become a normal way of working for many of us. In pre-covid times, if you were working in an office, then the chances are you’ve spent much of the last 18 months working remotely. Perhaps from the same city, but at least the same country. You’ve never consciously looked for a remote job, or had to consider some of the questions like ¨where do I pay my tax?¨, or ¨will I get a contract of employment?¨. Everything is now remote, at least for the time being. But what happens if you are currently searching for a remote job, do you look at companies within the same country as where you reside? Or do you open your search up to remote positions advertised worldwide?
Work Remotely from Anywhere in the world…how?
In pre-covid time, the search for a remote job was much more difficult. Still an alien concept to many people and met with considerable reluctance from many employers, it took a global pandemic to demonstrate how this can, and has been working for many companies and their employees around the world. Gone are the days when you reach the end of a job description only to find that the position is only open to US residents. Remote work opportunities are now widespread, so you won’t have any trouble finding jobs to apply to, depending on your vocation, of course.
There are, however, definitely some areas that leave us feeling a bit lost when putting into practice working remotely for an employer in another country. The rapid uptake of remote working has created some challenges for HR folk as they open up their hiring outside of their country’s national borders. So as companies advertise remote jobs as open to anywhere in the world, they should be mindful of the common ways companies are non-compliant while hiring remote workers globally, as discussed by Laural Farrer. The reality is that ¨remote from anywhere¨ isn’t actually legally possible when we refer to hiring a full-time employee in many countries. Unless the company is willing to open a local branch in each country where they want to hire.
The downside to being hired as an Independent Contractor
Aside from the topic of compliance for employee misclassification when we are hired as an independent contractor, there are many more downsides to being hired as a contractor when in fact you are an employee. The lack of security is one of the most concerning. You don’t have the protection of unfair termination, as that of your colleagues who are classified as employees. You might struggle to apply for a mortgage or take out a loan to buy a car. You are not legally entitled to things like maternity leave, paid vacation days, nor are you entitled to be supplied with the equipment you need to even do the work. And the lack of security isn’t one-sided, it also carries risks for the employer too.
Incorporate these steps into your job search:
1. Look at local companies that hire remotely:
Where a company is based will have a huge impact on how they can hire you. Take a quick look online to find this out, their company LinkedIn profile should even show it. If a couple is based in the same country as where you reside then you can easily be hired as an employee, and you’ll definitely be a more attractive candidate for that simplicity. So take a look at some of the local companies that hire remotely in your country. If you live in the UK – we’ve put a blog post together to list all of the UK companies that hire remotely, in the UK and abroad. But some quick searches should find the same for Germany, Spain, Poland, etc.
2. Check if they use an Employer of Record
This will enable the company to hire you as an employee wherever you are based. They make some restrictions based on time zones, so they may specify that a role is open to EMEA. If they don’t explicitly say in the job description that they use an employer of record, they may say ¨benefits specific to your country of residence¨, or ¨paid vacation is provided annually in accordance with the local labour laws where the employee is located¨, or something similar. The employer of record will be your employer, co-employing you on behalf of the company for which you are hired.
3. Check if they specify in which countries they can hire
As we continue to adapt to a world where many more companies are embracing fully-distributed models in which their entire team work remotely, so too will the clarity evolve in where and how these companies are hiring their remote employees. At EU Remote Jobs, we are seeing more and more companies specify exactly in which countries they open their remote roles to like, Degreed, Finiata, Twitter, Meta, Revolut and many more. We aim to keep this as clear as possible on EU Remote Jobs.
4. European remote companies hiring European residents make it easier to manage remote teams
If you’re interested in a position with a European remote company, you’re in luck as they can hire you as an employee across the European Economic Area. That’s the EU 27 + Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and the UK. Enabling companies to hire remote employees across 31 EEA countries just as they would their local employees. They may not know this though, so we’re happy to speak with them to explain the process.
Contact The Recruiter before you apply
Some job applications take a really long time. So if you aren’t clear on whether the bureaucratic stuff will even enable you to start working for the company. Save yourself some time and reach out to the recruiter or hiring manager before you apply. Explain you are interested in applying for the position, share your country of residence, and ask whether they would be able to hire you from there.
Let’s hope we´ll see less of ¨work from anywhere¨, and more companies clearly outlining the countries in which they can hire. Things are evolving at a faster pace than policies and procedures can really keep up with.