The 10 best Employer of Record (EOR) services [2023]

Published

Nov 9, 2023

When your company wants to expand into new markets across international borders, an Employer of Record (EOR) service allows you to get up and running in a new country as quickly as possible.

An EOR serves as the legal employer of your new hires in a given country. With an EOR, you can hire and collaborate with employees overseas without establishing your own legal entity in a new place—while ensuring you stay compliant with local tax and labor laws. All that's left for you to do before making your first global hire is to choose the right EOR for your business.

But that's easier said than done. Businesses have a lot of choices when it comes to global EORs, which is where this guide comes in. Below, you'll find features, pricing, pros and cons, and more for the top 10 EOR services on the market today. You’ll be prepared to choose the best EOR for your business—and get back to what you do best.

What are the top 10 EOR services?

Every EOR service brings something different to the table. Here are all the details you need to choose from the 10 best Employer of Record services in 2023.

1. Rippling

Rippling is more than an EOR—you also get global HR, Finance, and IT, all in one place. But for the purposes of this guide, we'll stick to Rippling EOR, and why it's the #1 Employer of Record service in 2023.

Rippling EOR Software allows you to hire anywhere in the world by serving as the legal employer of your new hires—so you don’t have to establish your own legal entity in every country where you do business.

Rippling provides benefits, ensures compliance, and handles employee events like leaves, promotions, and terminations. Rippling can also provide real-time visibility into net pay and taxes and gives complete control into payroll processing. 

The best part? Rippling EOR is built on top of our native HRIS, so when you're ready to scale up and establish your own local entity, transitioning your employees to your own entity takes just minutes.

Rippling's G2 Score

Rippling's Capterra Score

4.8 out of 5

4.9 out of 5

Overall, I feel like Rippling has simplified many aspects of my work life and made it easier for me to stay organized and on top of my HR-related tasks.

-G2 REVIEWER

Key features:

  • Onboard international employees and independent contractors in 90 seconds.
  • Pay workers in their local currency in minutes, and without waiting on transfers or conversion.
  • Automatically file and pay taxes globally.
  • Streamline and sync all your HR data with payroll, including hours, time off, deductions, and more.
  • Use one GL integration for global spend, saving hours of reconciliation work each month with payroll and expense data that's automatically categorized and synced to your general ledger.
  • Securely offload payroll tasks—precisely define which roles have access to payroll data and admin privileges—from approving hours worked to hitting “Run.”
  • Automate nearly any international payroll process with custom workflows to notify people of important changes and automated administrative tasks—like triggering a reminder to pay a bonus.
  • Design worldwide and country-specific policies for employee benefits, leave, and more.
  • Offer equity to everyone, everywhere.
  • Automate your global compliance work, including minimum wage enforcement, overtime enforcement, leave enforcement, and global compliance training.
  • Report on all your employee data across the world in one place.
  • Manage human resources, IT, and finance in one unified system for global employment.

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Rippling EOR Pros

Rippling EOR Cons

The only EOR service that does it all

Premium features aren't available worldwide

Transparent fees

EOR is not available as a standalone product

Ability to have EOR employees in the same system as the employees in your HQ

Dedicated support isn’t available 24/7

Automated processes, including custom automated workflows

EOR is built on native payroll rails, allowing you to move from EOR to Global Payroll through your own entities—in minutes

2. Papaya Global

Papaya Global is an EOR service that's best suited for large enterprise companies rather than small businesses (or bootstrapped startups)—due in large part to its steep price tag.

Papaya Global offers EOR services in over 160 countries worldwide, and offers tools for hiring, onboarding, workforce management, multi-currency payments, and benefits administration. Papaya Global can run HR services and payroll for your entire company—including both employees and independent contractors

G2 Score

Capterra Score

Papaya Global

4.3 out of 5

4.6 out of 5

Rippling

4.8 out of 5

4.9 out of 5

Key features:

  • Workforce management across 160+ countries
  • Automated payroll
  • Safe, simple, and fast global payments (in local currency or crypto)
  • Integrations with HRIS, expense management, time and attendance, ERP, and financial software
  • Dedicated customer success representative

Pricing: Starting from $770 a month per employee

Pros

Cons

Transparent pricing

More expensive than other EORs

Dedicated customer support representative

No native payroll

Can pay employees and contractors in cryptocurrency

No IT, Finance, or equity management integrations

3. Deel

Deel is an established company in the EOR industry.

Deel can be used to hire employees and contractors in 150 countries without setting up a local entity, allowing companies to scale quickly while expanding their global footprint.

G2 Score

Capterra Score

Deel

4.7 out of 5

4.7 out of 5

Rippling

4.8 out of 5

4.9 out of 5

Key features:

  • Legal entities in 100+ different countries
  • Onboarding and offboarding
  • App management
  • Compliance management
  • Streamlined payroll
  • Integrations with other HR platforms

Missing features:

  • Document localization is limited (for example, Deel can't generate invoices in languages other than English)

Pricing: Starting from $49 to hire contractors or $599 to hire employees

Pros

Cons

24/7 customer service

Some features have additional costs

Fast, easy onboarding

Altering employment contracts or service agreements is difficult and often requires an addendum

Invoices are automated, making them simple to process (as long as they're in English)

4. Remote

Remote is an EOR service provider that's especially geared toward remote teams and employers of remote workers. It offers a modern platform with HR, payroll, and benefits features for remote employees.

One of the biggest advantages Remote has over many other global EOR platforms is that they fully own all the legal entities in the countries they cover. This allows clients and employees to work directly with Remote rather than relying on third parties for hiring and employee management.

G2 Score

Capterra Score

Remote

4.5 out of 5

4.8 out of 5

Rippling

4.8 out of 5

4.9 out of 5

Key features:

  • Payroll with support for over 100 currencies in 179 countries with no interchange fees
  • Benefits management for health insurance, stipends, allowances, stock options, and one-off benefits like moving bonuses
  • Ironclad IP protection in all countries they cover
  • Free EOR services for any refugees your company employs
  • Self-serve onboarding and management tools

Missing features:

  • Flexible payroll processing times
  • Dedicated support for non-enterprise plans

Pricing: Starting from $599 a month per employee

Pros

Cons

Strong IP protection around the world

Payroll and onboarding cutoff deadline on the 11th of each month limits flexibility

Free EOR services for refugees

Only enterprise plans have a dedicated support representative

Widely available (in 179 countries and counting)

Email support only for most global teams

5. Panther

Panther started as a platform for paying contractors around the world, and has expanded to become an EOR provider for global teams.

From running payroll to offering benefits to staying compliant with local employment laws—wherever you hire your global talent—Panther promises an all-in-one platform for global hiring.

But as a newcomer in the field, Panther is far less feature-rich than some of the other available options—and it can be unclear which features and pricing are just for contractors, and which apply to full-time employees hired under Panther's EOR service.

G2 Score

Capterra Score

Panther

4.5 out of 5

3 out of 5

Rippling

4.8 out of 5

4.9 out of 5

Key features:

  • One-click payroll for your entire team
  • Compliant contracts
  • Automated invoicing
  • Benefits administration

Missing features:

  • 401(k) tracking
  • Check printing
  • Payroll tax and deductions management
  • W-2 preparation

Pricing: Free plan available for up to three contractors. $49 per contractor per month for more than three.

Pros

Cons

High quality customer support

Fewer features than many competitors

Pays contractors and employees in their local currency

Changes can be slow and require a lot of back-and-forth

6. Oyster HR

Oyster HR offers EOR services in 180 countries around the world. Its offerings are very similar to most EOR companies—you get hiring, compliance, payroll, and benefits support all over the world. Oyster promises to handle all the details so you can focus on top talent.

But does Oyster deliver? Its EOR offers many features that will be appealing to companies looking to wade into the world of international employment, but there are some drawbacks, too. Despite having one of the heftiest price tags on this list, Oyster isn't as integration-friendly as some other EOR solutions, so you may struggle to incorporate it into your existing tech stack for managing your global workforce.

G2 Score

Capterra Score

Oyster HR

4.4 out of 5

4.7 out of 5

Rippling

4.8 out of 5

4.9 out of 5

Key features:

  • Compliant hiring and payroll in 180 countries through partnerships with local entities
  • Single source of truth for contracts and documents
  • Streamlined global payments in local currencies
  • Customizable, localized benefits packages
  • Dedicated customer service for enterprise users

Missing features:

  • Integrations with popular HR software
  • Phone support
  • Native time tracking

Pricing: Starting from $499 a month per employee

Pros

Cons

Intuitive and easy-to-navigate user interface

Integration options are limited, so it may not be compatible with your existing HR software

Discounts for refugees, nonprofits, and large teams

Benefits packages are only available as paid add-ons

Responsive customer support with dedicated account managers for enterprise users

Payments in local currencies are often delayed

Simple, transparent pricing with flat rates per employee

No native timesheet features

7. Globalization Partners

Globalization Partners (G-P) offers an AI-driven international employment platform that combines HR services and global payroll. Users can make international hires in 187 countries.

G-P's features help global businesses recruit and hire, create and store legally compliant documents, pay employees and contractors around the world in their local currencies, and more. But if you have employees both overseas and at a US-based HQ, G-P may not be the EOR for you—it only supports international employees, meaning you would need another platform for your domestic workforce.

G2 Score

Capterra Score

Globalization Partners

4.7 out of 5

No reviews

Rippling

4.8 out of 5

4.9 out of 5

Key features:

  • Instant payments in 180 currencies plus crypto and Venmo
  • Partnership with ADP for payroll, HR, and PEO services
  • International recruiting and hiring
  • International benefits administration

Missing features:

  • Domestic workforce management
  • Learning management platform

Pricing: Not provided online

Pros

Cons

Partners with ADP

Pricing isn’t transparent, and many additional features come with added fees

Offers local compliance and tax support

Two-month advance payroll deposit required

Offers payroll processing in 187 countries

Only for international employees; no domestic workforce management

8. Plane

Plane (formerly Pilot) manages international payroll, benefits, and compliance for US-based companies, making it easier for them to hire employees and contractors all over the world. Plane provides a single, cloud-based platform for onboarding and paying employees and contractors no matter where they're based, supporting payments for contractors in 240 countries, and payroll for employees in 100 countries.

Pilot also handles employment paperwork, compliance, tax withholding, and more of the hassle of managing a global workforce. With transparent, flat-fee pricing, it's one of the more affordable EOR services on this list, which helps make up for being slightly less feature-rich than some other offerings

G2 Score

Capterra Score

Plan

4.6 out of 5

No reviews

Rippling

4.8 out of 5

4.9 out of 5

Key features:

  • Localized contracts
  • Global payroll
  • Taxes and compliance
  • Immigration assistance

Missing features:

  • Customizable workflows and other advanced HR features
  • Mobile app

Pricing: Starting from $299 a month per employee

Pros

Cons

Transparent, flat-fee pricing

No mobile app

Dependable customer support

UI comes with a learning curve

Integration with popular accounting software

Uses third parties for services like background checks, which makes the process more complex for users

9. Velocity Global

Velocity Global is an EOR service that's particularly well known for its support of immigrants, business travelers, and anyone else who's doing business in a new country. Velocity Global offers transition support for ex-pats and business travelers, plus visa support and global payroll.

With onboarding, payroll, document handling, benefits administration, and compliance features, Velocity Global is a well-rounded EOR. But it’s missing some features, like the ability to make payments in cryptocurrencies. And its pricing is the least transparent of any major EOR on the market, requiring prospective customers to call for a personalized quote.

G2 Score

Capterra Score

Velocity Global

4.7 out of 5

No reviews

Rippling

4.8 out of 5

4.9 out of 5

Key features:

  • Global onboarding, including help with visas
  • Creating and managing compliant documents
  • Global payroll in over 185 countries
  • Benefits administration

Missing features:

  • Cryptocurrency payments

Pricing: Not provided online

Pros

Cons

Support for employees who are moving countries, including help securing visas

Lack of pricing transparency

Excellent international document handling with local compliance

Freelance plans don't include compliance support

Payroll processing in more than 185 countries—more than many other EOR services

Payroll deposits are required, even with proof of funds

10. Global Expansion

Global Expansion exists to help businesses handle their global staffing needs—from onboarding to payroll, HR, and benefits administration—without setting up a local entity. Global Expansion offers services in 214 different countries and territories—more than many other EOR services. 

However, Global Expansion only offers workforce management for employees. The platform doesn't support contractors, meaning those whose workforce includes both employees and contractors will need more than one platform.

G2 Score

Capterra Score

Global Expansion

5 out of 5

No reviews

Rippling

4.8 out of 5

4.9 out of 5

Key features:

  • Global immigration support
  • HR and payroll
  • Global tax and compliance services
  • Employee benefit administration

Missing features:

  • Support for independent contractors

Pricing: Not provided online

Pros

Cons

Acts as a single source of truth for HR and finance information

No support for global independent contractors—only full-time employees

High quality customer support

Pricing isn’t transparent

Platform isn’t always intuitive

Run your global workforce with Rippling EOR

If you need an EOR for global workforce management, look no further than Rippling.

Rippling can help you at every stage of your international growth. You can:

  • Pay contractors globally.
  • Run global payroll via Rippling entities.
  • Run global payroll via your own entities.

Rippling EOR is built on top of our native payroll rails, so when you're ready to scale up from an EOR to your own entity, you can make the transition in minutes.

Plus, Rippling is so much more than just an EOR—it also handles your global HR, Finance, and IT, all in one place.

Rippling is the #1 way to manage a global workforce.
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Rippling and its affiliates do not provide tax, accounting, or legal advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for tax, legal, or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal, and accounting advisors before engaging in any related activities or transactions.

last edited: December 18, 2023

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