How to hire remote employees in


White-stone architecture, deep blue sea, and fantastic remote talent. On this page, we’ll teach you how to hire remote talent in Oman—without paying thousands in legal fees or spending months buried under legal paperwork.

Country snapshot

Omani Rial (OMR)
up to 11.5%

What to know before you hire in 


Want to hire someone in Oman? Excellent. But, no matter where you’re from, labor laws in Oman are different from those in your home country (unless you’re from Oman, of course). Read on to learn about your options, plus as the easiest way to make remote hires in Oman.

If you want to successfully hire in 


, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 


. Onboarding talent takes days, not weeks or months. Both you, the company, and your talent have more flexibility. And in many cases, since you’re remote, the talent you’re hiring is better classified as a contractor, anyway. Of course, it’s not possible in every case, but it’s what we built Panther for.

Hire talent as employees

This is the long route. You can either establish a physical presence with an entity and register as an employer, or you can use an Employer-of-Record (EOR) solution. Odds are, you’ll find using an EOR to be the easier route. Still, using an EOR in 


 is expensive—it can often be $500 per month per employee—and sometimes prone to lengthy onboarding times.

Why hire independent contractors in 


Hiring contractors is normally the easier, faster, more flexible choice—but don’t just take it from us. Below are the specific benefits and drawbacks to hiring contractors in 



It’s the fastest way to hire globally

Hiring employees takes months, at the minimum. When you hire with Panther’s locally-generated contracts, it’s a matter of days or weeks. This means you can hire the best talent, fast, without losing them to a hellish procession of paperwork.

It’s a lot cheaper

It costs just $0 to sign up for Panther, then $49 per month to hire your contractors with Panther. If you hired employees manually (or did contracting on your own), you’d likely be on the hook for thousands of dollars each month. Setting up an entity alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It’s more flexible for you & your team

Hiring contractors in 


 means you’re generally not on the hook for things like health insurance and paid time off. This makes hiring flexible for you, and it gives your talent more options.

Can be less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and can open you up to increased liabilities and regulations. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but laws surrounding contractor classification are often significantly more straightforward.

Some people want to be employees

The contractor life isn’t for everyone—some people want the security that being an employee often appears to provide. Though it’s rare, this does happen, and it’s one disadvantage of manage an all-contractor team.

You might not have as much control over your talent

Most countries’ contractor-employer relationship laws stipulate that the employer can’t set fixed working hours, among other things. These laws give contractors more freedom over how and when they do their work than an employee would have. In reality, however, most contractors are willing & able to work on the company’s schedule—it’s a matter of setting expectations beforehand.

How can I pay people in 



If you’re hiring contractors in 


, you can pay them with Panther in a single click. You won’t need to worry about complicated wire transfers, fees, or currency conversions. We’ll take care of it all. Just make a click and your contractor will get paid in their currency of choice. This is a valuable bonus for talent in countries where the local currency is particularly weak—most people appreciate the ability to receive their payment in stronger currencies.

Hiring and paying your team in 


Hire and pay with Panther

Pay everyone with a single click
Get great currency conversion rates
Pay $0 in platform fees
Run payroll in seconds
Let Panther automatically create & store invoices
Let Panther automatically write locally-compliant contracts
Let Panther automatically file local tax documents

Hire and pay without Panther

Pay all your contractors individually
Do all currency conversions yourself
Shoulder the burden of platform fees
Spend hours each month making payments
Manually track & store invoices
Manually write & sign contracts
Manually file relevant tax documents

Let Panther save you from hiring headaches.

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If you want to hire employees in 


If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Oman than employees. Still, there are valid reasons why you might want to hire employees instead. The content below is for you—we’ll cover employer taxes and obligations in Oman.

Taxes in 


Employer tax

Social Security

Occupational Injury and Disease

Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

PTO is calculated by the:

  • After 6 months of employment, an employee is entitled to 30 days of paid annual leave.

Public Holidays

There are 10 public holidays.

Sick Days

The duration of sick leave entitlement provided to workers is dependent on how long they have been employed by their employer:

  • Employees are entitled to 10 days of fully paid sick leave.  
  • After the first 2 weeks, social security law provides the employee with payment.
  • Week 3-4 – 75% of their wages.
  • Week 5-6 – 50% of their wages.
  • Week 7-10 – 25% of their wages.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees receive 50 days of fully paid leave. Maternity leave is only allowed 3 times per employee with the same employer.

Paternity Leave

Not required by law.

Parental Leave

Not required by law.

Other Leave

Hajj Pilgrimage Leave: 15 days to perform the Hajj pilgrimage once during his service period, provided that the worker has spent a continuous year in the service of the employer.

Exam Leave: 15 days a year to take the exam for the Omani worker affiliated with the study in one of the schools, institutes, colleges, or universities.

Marriage Leave

 3 days.

Bereavement Leave

3 days in the event of the death of the son, daughter, mother, father, wife, grandfather, grandmother, brother, or sister.

2 days in the event of the death of the uncle, aunt, uncle or aunt.

130 days for a working Muslim wife in the event of her husband’s death.


Termination Process

In order to terminate an employee, the employer must have provided sufficient grounds for the termination, a notice period, and an end of service gratuity.

Notice Period

The notice period in Oman is:

Both parties should provide 30 days written notice.

Severance Pay

15 calendar days’ basic pay for each year of service for the first three years.

30 calendar days’ basic pay for each year of service above three years.

Probation Period

Probationary periods are not required, however, if set in the employment contract may not exceed 3 months.

Employee requirements in 


Working Hours

Employees work 9 hours a day and 45 hours a week.

During Ramadan hours are reduced for Muslim workers; 6 hours a day and 30 hours a week.


Overtime may not exceed 12 hours a day.

Employees receive 125% of their normal wage for daytime overtime hours and 150% their normal wage for nighttime overtime hours.

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