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Head hunted for new role however it is via Independent Contractor Agreement

  • 17-01-2022 10:21am
    Registered Users Posts: 2,375 ✭✭✭ skinny90

    Hi folks,

    Looking for some opinions regarding Independent Contractor Agreement.

    Its with a US company looking to expand into EMEA but they have not done so yet.

    My current role pays 65-70K depending on bonuses.

    This new role is 150-170K USD with a 75/25 split between base and bonuses based on a quota.

    Is there anything specifically I need to ask?

    Typically what are the main disadvantages for ICA.

    My main concern would be security as I plan to get a mortgage either this year or next.

    From initial talks, the plan is to set up a site but nothing concrete yet.

    Also I am aware of companies(globalization partners) specializing in setting up entities for say Irish workers so they can be employed, be taxed accordingly, pay pensions, insurance, health etc

    So im wondering why they are keen on the ICA route.

    Looking forward to some feedback


  • Registered Users Posts: 103 ✭✭ trasver

    Hi there. I recently did something similar to yourself and the primary reason I did it was to get a mortgage so it is possible.

    I was working for on overseas company (non-EU) and switched to independent contractor via an umbrella company. Essentially the umbrella company invoices the employer and then processes all of your tax, pension etc and then pays you your net salary and provides a payslip. There's two ways of being "employed" by the umbrella company (employee or director) and each of these comes with upsides/downsides.

    One of the potential main downsides is if you are an umbrella director you are class S for PRSI which has implications if you lose your job.

    I use an agency who setup and process everything and it is super easy - comes out to ~30 per month (you can write their fee off against tax) and so it is a no brainer for me. Feel free to PM me for more info.

  • Posts: 0 Ahmed Early Zeal

    Why is the potential employer not willing to give you the security of a salaried position. If they are paying a premium not to give you security what is the monetary value of that to them?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,375 ✭✭✭ skinny90

    Thanks, How did you get on with a Mortgage? I would have thought it would be tricky no ?

    What are the other downsides if you dont mind me asking?

    Given they are hoping to set up an office, and build a team, is it unreasonable to ask to be permanently employed?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,375 ✭✭✭ skinny90

    I am not sure, its why I posted here I guess...