Hire Contractors in China

Hire, pay and manage contractor anywhere in China, without a company.

Hiring Contractors in China

Not all business operations in China require a local entity. HROne’s Employment Outsourcing (Employer of Record) service empower companies to hire employees and entire teams in China without having to set up a Chinese subsidiary. Conduct sales, marketing, customer service, R&D, quality control and many other business functions in China  all without a local legal entity.


Find the best people for the job with our China Recruitment Service.

Employer of Record

Use our China EOR Service to legally hire without having a local entity.

Payroll & Benefits

Pay salaries and mandatory benefits your employees in China with our China Payroll Service.

How we onboard your employees

Hire in China the Easy Way

Our EOR procedure includes payroll management, benefits administration, compliance adherence, and smooth onboarding processes, ensuring all legal requirements are met with ease.
Our flexible pay-as-you-go model empowers you to scale your workforce in China without burdensome long-term commitments or excessive costs.

Candidate Selection

You define the job tittles, work responsibilities, salaries and benefits for your employees.

We Hire

We prepare a local contract adjusted to your offer and in compliance with China's labor law.

We Manage Payroll

We process your monthly payroll & benefits, tax, compliance & administrative tasks.

The problem with hiring contractors in China

Employee classification laws in China

Hiring employees as independent contractors in a tricky subject in China. In Chinese law, a worker is considered an employee if:

  • The worker follows the employer’s rules.
  • Works under the employer’s direction.
  • Gets paid for their work & that work is part of the employer’s business.

China does not differentiate between part-time and full-time employees meaning that all employees (part time & full time) must receive mandatory employment benefits.

Employee miss-classification or failure to apply for mandatory benefits of employees can result in being blacklisted from conducting business operations in China.

The solution to hiring remote workers in China

Using an Employer of Record

In order to legally hire employees and contribute to the mandatory social insurance benefits, the employer must have a legal entity in China OR use an Employer of Record (EOR) such as HROne.

HROne is a certified EOR provider in Mainland China and will employe employee’s on other companies (local and overseas) behalf. Taking on all the labor administrative responsibilities of the employer in China.

Why HROne

HROne offers comprehensive and innovative HR solutions tailored to the specific needs of businesses operating in China, empowering organizations with seamless and efficient workforce management.

Independent Contractors 2023


We know local legal and administrative procedures and ensure compliance.

Mitigate Risk

Mitigate risk of any legal repercussions by the HR bureau of China.

Easy Payment

Multiple payments accepted by HROne and contractor salary delivered in CNY.

China HR Legal FAQs

Compliance in China

Eliminate Risk

Don’t let HR compliance issues jeopardize your business success in China. Safeguard your business from blacklisting risks by contacting HROne today to learn more about our Employer of Record service and how we can help you navigate the complex landscape of compliance in China. 

Top B2B HR Company in China

Rewarded by Clutch as one of the top B2B companies in China for the unrivaled solutions provided and dedication to our clients.

HR in China, made easy

Employer of Record

Hire employees in China without a local entity. HROne takes on liabilities, handling your HR compliance & payroll.

Payroll and Benefits

Outsource on/off-boarding, payroll and mandatory benefits. View payroll summary on our online portal.


Recruit from the best talent pool in China. HROne finds & screens the best fit applicants and coordinate interviews.

Frequently Asked Questions

Payroll & mandatory benefits are included in our China Employer of Record and our PEO services.

In many countries, PEO and EOR are the same thing and can be interchanged. However in countries such as China and the USA, PEO and EOR refer to different services:

With Employer of Record (EOR), the service provider takes on the responsibility & liability of the employer since the client does not have a legal entity in the country of interest.

With Professional Employment Organization (PEO), the service provider manages hiring, employment and payroll, but does not take on the responsibility or liability of the employer since the client has a legal entity in the country of interest.

The 13th month bonus in China refers to a bonus equal to one month’s salary that is usually paid at the onset of Chinese New Year.

This 13th month bonus is not mandatory unless explicitly stated in the labor contract upon signing. A 13th month bonus depends on the company’s performance as well as the employee’s performance.

It is possible for employees to receive an even higher bonus (14th or even 15th month bonus) depending on these factors.

Employees in China are entitled to annual leave days based on their work experience.

After working for their employer for 1 year. Employees who have worked less than 10 years are entitled to 5 days paid annual leave.

Employees who have between 10 and 20 years of experience are entitled to 10 days paid annual leave.

Employees with over 20 years of experience are entitled to 15 days of paid annal leave.

Using an Employer of Record/PEO service is often regarded as the modern approach to expanding into China. As long as you do not need to invoice in China, this is a perfect solution for foreign SMEs that want to start their business here. With an employer of record, you can legally hire and manager your team in China, avoiding the time and money required to set up a company.

HROne, the Employer of Record, is legally responsible for your staff during their term of employment in China.

We can hire a local Chinese employee in as little as one day!

Your staff members can be employed and located anywhere in China. Their employment status will be recorded by the local bureau according to their location.

Not necessarily. Staff members can work remotely from home or another location. However, we offer office space rentals upon request.

Yes, our Employer of Record solution can be used to hire both local and foreign staff.

Individual income taxes In China are based on a progressive tax brackets rate:

BracketAnnual Taxable Income (RMB)Tax Rate (%)Quick Deduction
1No more than 36,00030
2Between 36,000 and 144,000102,520
3Between 144,000 and 300,0002016,920
4Between 300,000 and 420,0002531,920
5Between 420,000 and 660,0003052,920
6Between 660,000 and 960,0003585,920
7More than 960,00045181,920

Social benefits in China are divided into two categories:

  • Five mandatory social insurances – These include pension insurance, medical insurance, unemployment insurance, work-related injury insurance, and maternity insurance.
  • Housing fund – The purpose of this is to allow employees to save money to buy a house in China.
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