Contracting in Germany

Here's everything you need to know about our services in Germany.

Our Solutions:

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Self-Employed

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Professional Employer
of Record (PEO)

Access Financial are registered with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Employment Service to engage in labour leasing and payroll management activities within Switzerland.

Access Financial is certified according to standard NEN 4400-1. NEN 4400-1 is a national Dutch standard that set requirements for temporary work businesses and contractors of work, including subcontractors, that have their registered office in the Netherlands with respect to the payment of taxes and social insurance contributions and the legitimacy of employment in the Netherlands.

About Us

Access Financial Group has looked after close to 5,000 contractors in Germany in the last 18 years. With an AuG licence held by our AuG partner, we have the authorisation to carry out labour leasing activities in Germany and able to help corporations, recruitment agencies and contractors to take full advantage of the potential and flexibility of the German market. There are many reasons to choose Access Financial as your service provider:

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Local Partners

In each country, we work with leading local accounting and taxation experts to ensure that we and those who depend on us stay entirely within the law.
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100% Compliant

With an AUG licence held by our AuG partner, we have the authorisation to engage in labour-leasing in Germany no matter the nationality of the contractors. Also we are a PEO – professional employer of record service providers.
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Global Presence

We have offices in the United Kingdom, Switzerland (Head Office), Germany, Luxembourg, Cyprus, China, India and Malaysia.
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Cost Efficient

We listen carefully to you, understand your personal requirements and needs, and then we collaborate with you to provide our services at reasonable prices.

FAQs

Please check out our FAQs below. Don’t see an answer to your question? Feel free to contact us

What is an AuG licence?

AUG is a German labour-leasing licence required to engage in staff leasing in Germany and ensure that German and foreign contractors work compliantly under the German tax system.

With an AUG licence held by our AuG partner, we have the authorisation to carry out labour leasing activities in Germany and help corporations, recruitment agencies, and contractors take full advantage of the potential and flexibility of the German market.

What are the benefits of AuG?

  • Ideal for temporary positions of less than an eighteen-month duration.
  • It is the only solution where there is not sufficient independence for the contractor to be a freelancer (Freiberufler); there may be Scheinselbstständigkeit – disguised employment.
  • Simple to set up and to end.
  • AüG provides flexibility for the end-client, the recruitment business and the worker.
  • Less expensive than setting up a German company.

What is a Professional Employment Organisation (PEO) or Employer of Record (EOR)?

A PEO or EOR enables organisations to employ staff lawfully in a country with no local entity.

As a global professional employer organisation (PEO) service provider, we enter into a joint-employment relationship with an employer by leasing employees to the employer. This arrangement allows us to share and manage many employee-related responsibilities and liabilities, such as onboarding, payroll and taxes, legal administration, employee health and retirement benefits and many more issues. At the same time, the client has day-to-day control of the employee.

Setting up a local company or branch is time-consuming and costly.

PEO is the fast, safe route to mobilising a workforce fast and leave the administration to us whose business it is.

Why choose us as your PEO service provider?

  • We have eight offices and thirty group companies worldwide and work in league with local employment law specialists, tax advisers, immigration and payroll specialists and HR firms.
  • Onboarding in as little as 48 hours.
  • We make the salary payments and invoicing on time every time.
  • We ensure total tax and employment compliance
  • We help expand your business quickly, compliantly, and cost-effectively.

The Pros and Cons of the Employed Solution

Pros

  • Quick and straightforward to administer.
  • Immediate compliance
  • The employer may be able to sponsor work permits if they are needed.
  • No qualifications are required.
  • Employment offers employment protection to the worker with more onerous obligations on the employer and the client.
  • The worker may be able to use an A1 to remain in the home social security system.
  • The employed solution does away with the risk of deemed employment.

Cons

  • The contract value must bear the employer social costs.
  • Lower retentions.
  • There are statutory notice periods under employment law, which can be lengthy.
  • An employed person cannot claim the same range of tax-deductible expenses as can a self-employed person.
  • There are other statutory employer obligations such as Equal Treatment and the Working Time Directive.

The Pros and Cons of the Self-Employed and the Limited Company (PSC) Solutions

Pros

  • There are no employer social charges to bear, so that the retentions tend to be higher.
  • The contractor is freer to undertake other assignments if this is a consideration.
  • The contractor is in business on their account as a career independent.
  • Some income can be taken as dividends in the limited company, bringing down the overall tax and social security burden and tax timing.
  • You may be able to use an A1 to remain in the home social security system.
  • The limited company has limited liability, which the self-employed worker does not.
  • The limited company is an enduring vehicle for independent contracting.
  • The self-employed person can claim more business expenses than an employee.

Cons

  • The self-employed person does not enjoy employment law protection, including Equal Treatment, freedom from unfair dismissal and statutory notice periods.
  • The worker must complete a tax return and pay over their taxes.
  • A self-employed person usually must register for VAT.
  • The contractor must arrange their insurances as there is no employer to do that.
  • The work security is limited to the contract terms agreed.
  • If a self-employed work permit is needed, these are more difficult to obtain and take longer than employed ones.

Work Permits

We can apply for a blue card (employed work permit) for non-EU nationals. The conditions are:

  • The contract must be for a minimum of 13 months
  • The degree or diploma must be recognised by the German authorities (Anabin)
  • A gross annual salary of at least EUR 44,304 (in 2021) is required for employees in mathematics, IT, natural sciences, engineering and human. In all other fields, there is a minimum gross annual salary of EUR 56,800.

An employed work permit takes between 2 to 6 weeks for approval.

Health Insurance

Every person resident in Germany is obliged to hold appropriate health insurance. Employed persons can obtain this either through government-approved schemes or by taking private health insurance. At Access Financial, we partner with trusted insurance providers that can help you get the proper coverage.

My take-home pay in Germany

If you would like to discover your tax and net retention in Germany, you can easily use our free online income calculator.

Our Services

Our services are aimed at customer satisfaction, always ensuring the best value for money, compliance and maximum take-home pay possible in Germany.

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    Client Onboarding
    and Contract
    Administration

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    Payroll
    Outsourcing

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    Health
    Insurance

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    Tax & Legal
    Compliance
    Services

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    Professional Employer
    of Record (PEO) Service

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    Immigration
    Assistance

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Germany Income & Tax Calculator 2021

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