The first thing you’ll need to agree on is a salary in local currency (all salaries must be denominated in local currency). Bear in mind this might be a different amount than what they're getting paid as a global contractor. Some people might expect more (because their taxes might be higher), and some less (because they have more job security).

Once you know the gross salary, you’ll need to add a % on top of the salary in employer-side taxes and insurance. Pilot will make these withholdings on your behalf, so you don’t need to set anything up yourself.

There are no set-up fees, but we take a security deposit equal to 1-month of payroll expenses and fees. It’s fully refundable and can be applied towards the final paycheck if you terminate your international employee. We don’t charge any annual fees, expense processing fees, or any other surprise fees.

Altogether, the process is pretty simple:

  • Log in to your account on and go to People tab.

  • Click on the 'Add an Employee' button

  • Fill in the onboarding form

  • Remove the global contractor from the current payment schedule

We'll be able to take it from here. In case you're wondering how long it will take to onboard the new international employee, please refer to the following article.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected], or use the live chat option at

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