The 8 best global payroll providers [2023]

Published

Dec 4, 2023

Arriving at the tipping point where your company can expand globally is an exciting time, and you need all the support you can get to take care of your new global workforce. However, not all global payroll providers are created equal. 

Some companies claim to offer global payroll solutions but often work as payroll aggregators that work with other third-party payroll vendors to process your payroll information manually. Unlike those providers, Rippling is a native payroll platform. It allows you to pay your global workforce in various countries with different labor and tax laws in their local currency without third-party vendors—all with just one click. 

If you're expanding your workforce globally or are unsatisfied with your current global payroll solution, there are various factors to consider when choosing a payroll services provider. Some key considerations include whether it can handle contractor invoices, if it offers employee benefits, and if it provides employer-of-record services to localize employment contracts without establishing a legal entity. Here are some of the top global payroll providers to consider.

1. Rippling

Most global payroll providers rely on third-party vendors or local providers in the countries where they operate, which can create delays and errors. Not Rippling. Rippling Global Payroll is different because it processes everything in-house as a native payroll platform, ensuring a secure and efficient experience.

Rippling has built more than a dozen HR tools into one unified platform. All your HR data—employee hours and time tracking, time off, benefits, deductions, expenses, and more—automatically syncs with payroll, eliminating the need for manual data entry and calculations. You can run payroll with just one click, paying all your employees and contractors in different tax jurisdictions and local currencies.

Rippling also handles all the other parts of managing a global workforce–from onboarding and benefits administration to people analytics reporting—all in one place. Rippling unifies your HR, IT, and finance systems and integrates with your other tools, like Slack, Zoom, Google Workspace, popular accounting software, and more. It even has a mobile app, making it easy for employees to request time off or clock in and out.

And finally, Rippling is one of the few global payroll providers that offers employer of record (EOR) services. That means you can start your global expansion by hiring through an EOR. And if you ever decide to switch to your own entity, you can easily transition your employees to Rippling Global Payroll without painfully ripping out and replacing the systems you’ve built.

Rippling’s G2 score

Rippling’s Capterra score

4.8/5

4.9/5

Rippling is intuitive, easy to use, and simplifies HR actions into a seamless experience. Managing a global team is challenging. But global companies love that Rippling is a tool that can flex depending on regional and payroll needs globally.

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Rippling key features 

  • Onboard international employees and independent contractors in 90 seconds
  • Pay workers in their local currency in minutes, without waiting on transfers or conversion
  • Automatically file and pay taxes globally
  • Create and send onboarding documents for new hires to sign
  • Securely offload payroll tasks with permissions and admin privileges
  • Automate your global compliance work, including benefits administration, minimum wage, etc.
  • Manage human resources, IT, and finance in one global management system
  • Build powerful reports, like total employment cost by region, department, team, and more
  • Delegate tasks, like approving hours and leave, with permissions that automatically update based on someone's role
  • Mobile app where employees can clock in and out, request time off, and more

Rippling pros and cons

Rippling global payroll pros

Rippling global payroll cons

✔ Multi-country payroll with high-quality data in a single pay run

✘ Customer support isn’t available 24/7

✔Automatic payroll tax calculation, filing, and payment in-country

✘ Premium features aren’t available worldwide

✔ Ability to have both global employees and contractors in one system

✔Onboard international employees and contractors in 90 seconds compliantly

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

2. ADP

ADP is one of the best-known payroll providers in the US—largely because it caters to many different kinds of businesses, from small businesses to large corporations. In addition to payroll, it offers add-on options like time tracking, retirement services, and benefits administration. 

There are a couple of downsides to ADP, though, especially for global businesses. First, ADP charges per pay run, with additional fees for tax filing and W-2 generation. And second, ADP offers different products for different payroll needs. As your business grows and scales internationally, you may need to upgrade to different ADP systems, which requires reimplementation and relearning.

ADP offers two products for businesses with international employees: ADP Celergo and GlobalView Payroll. 

ADP Celergo seeks to simplify international payroll processing, handling up to 1,000 employees per country. With local suppliers, it takes care of changes, calculations, compliance, funding, and reporting. Data integration and seamless syncing with your HCM software ensure visibility and compliance.

GlobalView Payroll software enables you to manage payroll in 40 countries, convert local currency, and comply with local laws and tax withholding—but you have to have at least 500 employees in a single country to be eligible to use it. Its cloud-based, flexible, and scalable human resources portal suits multinational corporations of all sizes. However, including non-US-based users in a unified pay run is impossible.

ADP’s G2 score

ADP’s Capterra score

3.9/5

4.4/5

ADP key features

  • Benefits administration, retirement, health insurance, and workers’ compensation features are available as add-ons
  • Pairing ADP Celergo with ADP GlobalView Payroll allows payroll access in over 140 countries and 51 currencies
  • Provides data security and privacy law compliance
  • The system integrates with QuickBooks Online, Xero, BambooHR, Workday, Slack, and other similar tools
  • On-demand analytics with ADP Global Insights Dashboard
  • You can produce reports using real-time data with no manual input
  • Employee self-service portal to check pay stubs

ADP pros and cons

ADP global payroll pros

ADP global payroll cons

✔ Employee self-service portal access to payroll data and pay stubs

✘ As your company grows, you may need to rip and replace ADP products to accommodate your new business needs

✔ Users in any country can access their payroll data via mobile app, which is fully localized to each country’s labor laws

✘ You can’t run unified payroll for US workers and workers in other countries at the same time

✔ Employee and contractor payroll management available

✘ No global employee benefits

✔ Available multilingual support

✘ Need to add ADP WorkForce Now to integrate fully into your HR system

✘ Payroll limited to 40 countries without ADP Celergo add-on (which comes with an additional fee)

✘ You need a minimum of 500 employees in a a single country to be eligible to use GlobalView Payroll

3. Blue Marble

In 2021, Paylocity acquired Blue Marble to offer global payroll management to their clients. Blue Marble's global payroll service, WebGlobe, allows you to manage payroll from a central location and access customized reporting in real-time. You can view payroll costs across all countries in one place, and its cloud-based technology provides aggregated monthly reporting. With a hybrid service model, you get support from a US-based team, in-country experts, and third parties. The platform integrates with HR software under one monthly payment.

Blue Marble’s G2 score

Blue Marble’s Capterra score

4.3/5

n/a (no reviews)

Blue Marble key features 

  • Cloud-based platform where you can manage global payroll for more than 150 countries from one place
  • Aggregated, real-time reporting on payroll providers and costs
  • Managed payroll services for extra support and compliance without having to hire a team overseas
  • Help setting up local entities in the country of choice, including bank accounts
  • One central place for employee data and HR tools
  • Calculate local payroll taxes and deductions for both employees and contractors in each country where they operate

Blue Marble pros and cons

Blue Marble global payroll pros

Blue Marble global payroll cons

✔ Works in 100+ countries

✘ Processes all payroll through a local third-party payroll processor, resulting in longer processing times

✔ Automates the payroll process, including direct deposit

✘ No global employee benefits

✔ Multilingual support is available

✘ Inconsistent experience with local payment partners

✘ Design is clunky and outdated

4. Deel

Deel offers global payroll, contractor management, and other HR tools in more than 100 countries. With local country experts working in-house, Deel helps you navigate hiring and compliance with local pay standards, tax laws, and other regulatory requirements in the countries where you manage and pay your workforce.

Aside from payroll and local tax compliance, Deel offers a benefits tool and payroll reporting features. It also gives you various ways to pay your employees, from standard bank transfers to credit and debit card payments, Brex, and even cryptocurrency payments—if that fits your business’s needs.

Deel’s G2 score

Deel’s Capterra score

4.6/5

4.7/5

Deel key features 

  • In-house payroll experts who can advise you on local compliance in more than 100 countries
  • Global analytics reporting that makes it easy to understand your payroll spending at a glance, from employer costs to taxes, bonuses, and more—all in one standard currency
  • Many software integrations, plus the option to build your own
  • Automated workflows

Deel pros and cons

Deel global payroll pros

Deel global payroll cons

✔ Hire employees and contractors in over 100 countries

✘ No built-in time tracking tools

✔ 24/7 support

✘ No mobile app for employees

✔ Different payment methods and currencies are supported

✘ Per-worker pricing, which means costs can be high for scaling companies

✘ Existing integrations with accounting software are limited

5. Remote

Remote offers global payroll services in more than 180 countries. It can help you calculate payroll, manage local tax deductions and reporting, ensure compliance with local payroll regulations, pay employees in their currencies, generate payslips, calculate bonuses, and more.

Remote stands out from other global payroll providers in its country-specific benefits administration. Remote can help you create relevant and compliant benefits packages tailored to employees’ specific locations around the globe, including health insurance, dental insurance, pension plans, life and disability insurance, and mental health support. You can even pay global employees in equity, creating compensation plans that include restricted stock units, non-qualified share options, and more—all while ensuring that any equity you offer complies with local regulations.

There are some drawbacks—Remote is limited in the support it offers, and its pricing isn’t very transparent for some plans.

Remote’s G2 score

Remote’s Capterra score

4.5/5

4.8/5

Remote key features

  • Pay employees and contractors in more than 180 countries
  • In-house compliance experts help streamline payments, taxes, deductions, and more
  • Create benefits packages tailored to each employee’s location, including health insurance, vision insurance, pension plans, life and disability insurance, mental health support, and more
  • Pay global employees in equity, while ensuring that equity compensation complies with local tax and payroll regulations
  • Pay employees in their local currency, generate payslips, and more

Remote pros and cons

Remote global payroll pros

Remote global payroll cons

✔ Pay employees and contractors in their local currencies in 180+ countries

✘ Pricing isn’t transparent for all plans

✔ Automate tax calculation and reporting

✘ Per-worker pricing can get expensive as your business grows

✔ Employee self-service portal so employees can manage their own information

✘ Phone support isn’t available—customer support is only via live chat and email

✘ No dedicated support except at the enterprise level

6. Oyster

Oyster offers multi-country global payroll services in a streamlined way: Your business pays a single invoice from Oyster, which then divides the payment and pays each employee or contractor in their preferred currency. This can simplify global payroll—especially for businesses that are expanding to different countries for the first time. But it can come with drawbacks, too—Oyster requires businesses to make their payments well in advance so there’s enough time to divide and disburse payments to international contractors and employees. Oyster is also expensive for global businesses with employees rather than just contractors.

Oyster’s G2 score

Oyster’s Capterra score

4.3/5

4.5/5

Oyster key features

  • Global payroll with streamlined payments in 120+ currencies, all from a single invoice
  • One platform that handles salaries, expenses, and bonuses for global employees and contractors
  • Compliance with local laws and tax regulations
  • Built-in time tracking
  • Role management tool with misclassification analysis that can help your business avoid costly penalties and fees

Oyster pros and cons

Oyster global payroll pros

Oyster global payroll cons

✔ Streamlines payments for global businesses by putting international workforce on a single invoice

✘ Requires businesses to pay salaries far in advance in order for international workers to get paid on time

✔ Fast onboarding for international workers

✘ Only supports monthly payroll for employees

✔ Time tracking, localized contracts, and misclassification analyzer are built in

✘ Expensive for scaling businesses that hire global employees instead of contractors

✘ No mobile app

✘ Automation features are less advanced than other global payroll solutions

7. Multiplier

Multiplier has established itself as a market leader in global payroll, HR management, benefits administration, and compliance. It bills itself as a one-stop solution for global businesses, allowing them to hire anyone, almost anywhere in the world, in 30 seconds or less.

But while Multiplier supports global payroll in 150 countries and 120 currencies, it doesn’t offer truly native payroll. Multiplier only has its own entities in a small handful of countries—it offers payroll in the rest by partnering with local, third-party payroll providers, which can leave customers vulnerable to inefficiencies and security risks. Plus, Multiplier’s pricing is less transparent than many other payroll providers—benefits administration, for example, isn’t included with some of its global payroll packages and needs to be purchased as an add-on.

Multiplier’s G2 score

Multiplier’s Capterra score

4.6/5

4.7/5

Multiplier key features

  • Global payroll, HR management, benefits administration, and compliance all in one platform
  • Global payroll in 150 countries and 120 currencies via partnerships with local, third-party payroll providers
  • Full visibility into each payroll cycle, so you can see who’s getting paid when and how
  • Analysis and reporting to track performance, time, attendance, schedules, and more with pre-built and custom reporting templates

Multiplier pros and cons

Payroll Aggregators

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✔ Global time tracking is built in

✘ Uses third-party payroll providers in most countries

✔ Payroll can be automated to save time and money

✘ Customer support isn’t available on weekends

✔ Automatically calculate employee pay, deductions, and taxes

✘ Integrations aren’t available

✘ Cost can be high, especially for smaller companies

8. Papaya Global

Papaya Global is an all-in-one workforce management software that offers HR management, benefits administration, employer of record (EOR) services, immigration, and global payroll. Its cloud-based system makes it convenient for businesses, and its global payroll features allow it to administer locally compliant payments to employees and contractors in more than 160 countries.

While Papaya Global is one of the most popular global payroll solutions available, it’s another provider that doesn’t offer native payroll through its own entities; instead, it aggregates third-party providers in most countries where it offers payroll services. Papaya Global also lacks integrations and is one of the more expensive international payroll providers on the market.

Papaya’s G2 score

Papaya’s Capterra score

4.3/5

4.5/5

Papaya Global key features

  • Tools for automating payroll and payments
  • AI-powered compliance verification
  • Reporting and insights on global payroll data
  • Employee self-service portal where workers can create profiles, manage their time-off reports, and view and access their payslips, payroll statements, and other documents

Papaya Global pros and cons

Papaya Global payroll pros

Papaya Global payroll cons

✔ Strong automation tools

✘ Uses third-party payroll providers in most countries

✔ Employee self-service portal

✘ Can get expensive for large or growing companies

✔ Plan for just contractors

✘ Limited integrations with third-party software tools

✔ Transparent pricing

✘ Setup can take up to three months

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 4, 2023

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Muriel Vega

A freelance tech and B2B writer based in Atlanta, Muriel focuses her work on human resources and workplace trends and creating engaging content for SaaS companies. She has traveled the world, but her favorite place to work is Mexico City.