Hire, Onboard, and Pay Contractors in Germany

Hiring contractors in Germany? Rippling can help you onboard and pay German contractors in a single system. In just a few clicks, you can localize onboarding, provision IT and app access, and run payroll for your contractors in Germany—while staying compliant with local laws. 

Avg Time to Hiring

Less than 5 minutes



Time Zone

GMT+2 (Berlin)

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at a glance

Hiring contractors in Germany can be a rollercoaster

It can be daunting to hire German independent contractors. You have to classify them correctly according to the regulations set out by the German Federal Labor Court. And you need to determine the amount of risk you’re taking, by confirming which business structure they’re operating under: a UG, GmbH, Liberal Professional, or Sole Proprietorship. With Rippling, you can easily determine all of the above and grow your global team quickly and compliantly.

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Worry-free Compliance

Avoid misclassifying contractors in Germany

Rippling can help you avoid costly misclassification mistakes. Worried that your German contractors are misclassified? Try our free classification assessment to find out.

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Support your German contractors right out of the box with Rippling

Simplified Onboarding

Onboard contractors in Germany in 90 seconds

Rippling makes it easy to onboard German contractors. Send out contracts in minutes. In a single onboarding flow, contractors can sign agreements, submit required payroll and KYC information, and even set up their email account or apps—all in a few minutes from their phone.

Global Workforce Management

Seamlessly transition contractors to employees

As your business grows, your workforce needs change. You can easily transition a contractor to an employee in minutes while preserving any historical data via Rippling EOR. Through the transition, you'll retain historical documents and payroll data, and the contractor can retain their email and systems access.


Set up and manage your German contractors’ IT needs

Give contractors access to apps like Google Workspace and Slack with a few clicks—and remove it just as easily at the end of their contracts. You can increase security by enforcing multi-factor authentication and even set up workflows to automatically alert you of any suspicious login activity.

Contractor Compensation

Easily pay German contractors in EUR

Easily pay contractors in your currency or EUR. And if you need to pay someone off-cycle for a late invoice? You can do that in minutes. Contractor payments are tied to invoices and integrated time-tracking, saving you manual data entry in pay runs and creating a papertrail to protect against misclassification risk.