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Working as Freelancer vs Salaried in KSA

Old Nov 14th 2018, 8:07 am
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Hi All, I was after some advice from massively helpful and experienced bunch from BE. I was recently approached by someone currently in the KSA who is offering a Freelancer role on a Rail project led by a consortium. I always wanted to move to Middle East with family (wife and 2 toddlers) so never knew whether freelancer (or a contractor as we know them in the UK) option was available. He asked me about hourly rate to offer the package however what I need to understand is positives or negatives of working as a Freelancer in KSA? If I was to move, I would like the family to join me but he said that on Freelancer contracts that is not usually possible. I understand that the recent cutbacks and changes in tax/dependent fees etc. has meant that single contracts may be preferred (from employers' perspective) in comparison to family ones, I think.

I would appreciate some guidance on this please.
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Old Nov 15th 2018, 6:40 am
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Hi All, I was after some advice from massively helpful and experienced bunch from BE. I was recently approached by someone currently in the KSA who is offering a Freelancer role on a Rail project led by a consortium. I always wanted to move to Middle East with family (wife and 2 toddlers) so never knew whether freelancer (or a contractor as we know them in the UK) option was available. He asked me about hourly rate to offer the package however what I need to understand is positives or negatives of working as a Freelancer in KSA? If I was to move, I would like the family to join me but he said that on Freelancer contracts that is not usually possible. I understand that the recent cutbacks and changes in tax/dependent fees etc. has meant that single contracts may be preferred (from employers' perspective) in comparison to family ones, I think.

I would appreciate some guidance on this please.
Freelance or contactor roles usually only pay a daily rate plus accomodation for yourself therefore you would have to arrange alternative accomodation for you and your family, plus medical insurance ( as only you will be covered) it all depends what daily rate you get and you also need to ask them if you can sponsor your family as a contractor ( usually this is worker only)
Contractors are not afforded the same benefits etc as permanent workers are
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Old Nov 15th 2018, 9:35 am
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If on a business visa then you cannot bring dependants.
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Old Nov 16th 2018, 2:42 pm
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Please be aware that the phrase "not usually possible" means "never ever possible" in the Gulf.
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Old Dec 8th 2018, 7:43 am
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dependents are not allowed i guess on business visa
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