An employer of record in Chile can hire staff on your behalf, allowing you to avoid the need to establish a local entity and thereby offering the opportunity for your business to quickly expand into the market.
For anyone planning a short-term or limited-scale market entry, or who simply needs to hire a small number of executives or team members, this service can be particularly attractive as it avoids the need for both company formation and subsequent liquidation, as well as offering guaranteed compliance with all local regulations.
Employer of record in Chile can also lead the recruitment process by using its local recruitment network to find qualified candidates.
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An employer of record is often referred to as an EOR, and may also be called a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) or PEO firm, while it may also advertise its services as payroll outsourcing.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. Continue reading to learn more about Chile as an investment destination and what an EOR can do for you.
Chilean economy popular among foreign investors
Chile is well-known for its economic and political stability and is one of the most advanced economies in Latin America.
In 2019, the country registered a gross domestic product (GDP) of $282.3 billion (all figures in USD) — placing it as the fifth-largest economy in Latin America and the Caribbean.
It is also one of the most prosperous, with a gross national income (GNI) of $15,010 per capita in 2019, positioning it as a high-income nation by standards established by the World Bank.
Chile is famed for its business-friendliness and commitment to free trade, with the country having established an extensive network of free trade agreements (FTAs) with countries around the world.
Chile is a founding member of the Pacific Alliance — a decade-old economic integration initiative that includes Colombia, Mexico, and Peru and has ambitions to expand beyond the region.
It also has FTAs in place with Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay, and is currently negotiating an agreement with Paraguay. Once that agreement is signed, Chile will have free trade agreements with all four members of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), a 30-year-old economic association that is seen as a rival to the Pacific Alliance.
All of these conditions add up to make Chile a highly popular destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), which reached $11.93 billion in 2019, as well as an ideal base of operations for companies looking to expand into Latin America.
Below are details on what an employer in Chile will do for your company.
What to expect from an employer of record in Chile
An employer of record in Chile will contract staff on your behalf via its locally established entity, meaning that you can have staff in only the time it takes to find them. Depending on who you are looking for, it could take several weeks or even days to find the right person.
Although these workers will be considered employees of your employer in Chile, you will retain full control over their tasks, schedules, and reporting to you as if they were your employer.
You will be responsible for paying the EOR a fee and covering the salaries and statutory contributions.
The fee will be significantly lower than the costs associated in company formation or liquidation, and it also comes with a substantial convenience dividend. Because the Chilean employer of record will oversee all aspects of employee administration, including managing payroll and contracts. They will also ensure that everything is in compliance with local employment laws and corporate laws.
Legal aspects your employer of record in Chile will oversee
Your employer of record will not only lead the recruitment process for the employees you need, but will also take care of drawing up their contracts, as well as overseeing their onboarding and offboarding processes.
During their period of employment, the EOR will enforce all statutory regulations related, including:
- The 45-hour working week, unless an exemption exists
- Statutory overtime payments at approximately 150% of the standard rates for additional hours worked
- Payment of the minimum wage (approximately $469 per month in 2021) where applicable
- Honoring of all paid leave entitlements, including vacation allowance and maternity or paternity leave
In managing your payroll, your employer of record in Chile will also guarantee that deductions from employee salaries and employer contributions are properly paid. They include:
- Pension Fund (AFP) contributions, paid to the fund selected by the employee. Those total 11% of the employee’s salary
- Unemployment insurance is deducted at a rate of approximately 0.6% of the employee’s salary, while the employer must contribute the equivalent of 2.4%
- Health insurance is deducted at a rate of roughly 7% of an employee’s salary
- Accident insurance is paid by the employer at a rate of approximately 0.93% of the employee’s salary, however this rate is based on the level of risk associated with the job being undertaken
Biz Latin Hub can be your employer of record in Chile
At Biz Latin Hub, our multilingual team of hiring and PEO specialists has the experience and expertise to seek out, hire, and manage the payroll of the employees you need to be successful in the Chilean market.
We offer a broad range of back-office support services, including company formation, accounting, taxation, and legal services. This allows you to expand your service agreement to accommodate your growing needs.
We have teams throughout Latin America and Caribbean and offer our services to 18 markets in the region.
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