Papaya Global vs. Remote

Global employment software helps you hire and pay workers all over the world. But which provider is right for you? We’ve compared Remote with Papaya Global on employer of record services, contractor management, pricing, and more. Viewing the two options side by side can help you decide which is best for your global team.

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  • Pricing

  • EOR Capabilities

  • Global Payroll Capabilities

  • Contractor Capabilities

  • Security

  • Integrations

Papaya Global


$599 per employee per month

Starts at $650 per employee per month

Additional fees for employees

No additional fees

Advance payments: $300 per employee

Late salary updates: $200-500 per employee

Salary re-runs: $500 per employee

Late updates to planned commission/bonus updates: $200 per employee

Expedited terminations: $1,000 per employee


$29 per contractor per month: only pay for the contractors you actually work with

$25 per contractor per pay cycle

Additional fees for contractors

3% credit card processing fee

No additional fees


$50 per employee per month

Starting from $12 per employee

Additional fees for global payroll

Implementation: 1 month of payroll

Year-end closing: 1 month of payroll

Optional country-specific services apply separately

Additional 'out of scope' fees apply


15% discount on Remote service fees for an unlimited number of hires for 12 months with the code RFS15OFF

Social Purpose Organisations (nonprofits, charities, social enterprises, benefit corporations)

15% discount on Remote service fees for an unlimited number of hires for 12 months with the code RFG15OFF

Hiring Refugee Talent

Free for any full-time refugee talent hired

Owned entities

100% fully owned entities

Country Explorer

No owned entities, fully reliant on third-party vendors. Learn the risks.

Localised benefits package and administration

Ironclad IP and invention rights protection

Equity incentive planning support

Employee mobile app

Transparent service metrics

Number of countries supported


Government / Labour authority declarations

Tax authority declarations


Payroll support

Global payments

Exchange fees

Mid-market rate plus 1%


Locally compliant contracts

Tax document management

Localised guidance for hiring contractors in each country

Contractor payment methods

Wire transfer, Wise, Payoneer

Contractor payment card

Contractor health benefits

GDPR Compliant

SOC 2 Compliant

ISO 27001 Certified

Customizable API





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* Competitive data on this page was collected as of June 24th, 2021 and is subject to change or update. Remote does not make any representations as to the completeness or accuracy of the information on this page.

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Questions to ask when comparing global employment solutions

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  • Does the provider own its entities?

    A provider may claim to support more than 180 countries, but their legal structure in each country could put your company at risk. Look for a provider that owns local legal entities in the countries where you’re hiring so you can offer your workers the best benefits and experience while protecting your investments abroad.

  • What's included in the price?

    If the provider relies on local third parties to manage HR, payroll, and benefits, you can bet they are passing those costs on to you. Be sure to ask about the fee structure, minimums, and any hidden costs that may affect your hiring budget.

  • Can I manage contractors and employees together?

    If you plan to hire both contractors and employees, it’s important to have a single platform that can scale with you as you grow. Look out for minimums and extra fees if you don’t meet them.

  • Is my Intellectual Property (IP) protected?

    Your IP is your business. Some providers outsource HR and payroll administration to local third parties, which can cause you a lot of headaches by exposing your IP to risk. Be prepared to have local legal IP and invention rights experts review contracts with each third party to ensure maximum protection in each country.

Compare Papaya Global vs. Remote in more detail

  • Features

  • Employer of record capabilities

  • Contractor management

  • Global payroll

  • Intellectual property protections

  • Data security

  • Software and platform

  • Customer support


Remote guarantees fair and transparent pricing at just $599 per employee per month when billed annually. There are no hidden fees — one price includes all payroll, tax, benefits, compliance management, and 24/7 local customer support. Plus, contractor management is $29 per contractor per month in more than 170 countries.

Papaya Global’s pricing for full employees starts at $650 before accounting for extra fees. Pricing changes depending on the number of employees you plan to employ. There is also an onboarding fee for each employee, equal to an additional month’s payment. 

For contractors, Papaya Global charges at least $25 per contractor per pay cycle.


Own Legal Entities


From $599 /employee/month no long term commitments or extra fees

Over $100k per location, depending on country requirements and ongoing administration


Onboarding in minutes

3-12 months depending on country


24/7 support from our network of local HR, legal and finance experts.

Find and manage your own HR, legal, finance experts to ensure compliance with local laws

Cost of winding down an entity if you decide to close it

There are no commitments and you can always transfer your employees.

You may have to spend thousands and keep working with gov/administrators to wind down over months.

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Employer of record capabilities

Remote has  our own legal entities in every country where we operate, enabling us to provide comprehensive localised services with unmatched support for global employees.

Remote takes care of localised payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance wherever your team works. You never have to worry about paperwork with local authorities. Remote assists with visas and immigration as well.

Papaya Global does not own legal entities, instead relying on third parties to employ your workers. While this does allow Papaya Global to operate in more countries more quickly, the result is a more expensive service and an unreliable experience for your workforce. Papaya Global does not directly manage payroll, benefits, and taxes, instead relying on its partners. Unlike Remote, Papaya Global does not offer assistance with visas or immigration.

Contractor management

Remote offers invoicing and payments for contractors in more than 170 countries for a low cost of $29 per contractor per month. You can manage contractors and employees together in one platform, with localised contracts, tax management, document management, and expert guidance. We will meet you where you are today and help you scale as you expand globally.

Papaya Global also offers contractor management, charging a minimum of $25 per contractor per month.

Global payroll

Remote's global payroll service takes the thinking out of paying your international employees. With simple, transparent pricing, a delightful self-serve platform, and expert support, you'll be running global payroll in minutes, with confidence.

Papaya Global also offers multi-country payroll services. Papaya doesn't share the countries available, or full pricing information, and has a list of additional out-of-scope costs, including payroll support costs.

Intellectual property protections

Remote takes the protection of your intellectual property seriously. We developed Remote IP Guard to provide you with peace of mind, no matter where your team members work. Our unique IP management and transfer process guarantees the maximum protections and security. Because we do not rely on third parties, your IP belongs to you from the beginning.

Papaya Global relies heavily on third parties for intellectual property transfers. Unlike Remote, your IP must pass from a third party to Papaya Global and then to you, or directly from a third party to you. You do not get to choose which company possesses your IP in the interim, and you receive no guarantee that the processes these third parties follow will provide you with the necessary protection under local laws.

Data security

Remote has focused on security from the beginning, which means we stay ahead of international data security standards to provide above and beyond protection.

We are GDPR and SOC 2 compliant and follow rigorous internal security measures to keep the data of your team and your company safe.

Papaya Global is also GDPR compliant and SOC 1 and ISO/27001 certified. 

Software and platform

Remote’s modern, secure, cloud-based platform automates day-to-day HR tasks. As the employer of record (EOR), we are responsible for keeping your team compliant. You and your workers sign a contract with us, not with a random local third party, which enables us to guarantee best-in-class benefits, full IP protection, fast service, and fair pricing. Our network of HR and legal experts stays on top of ever-changing local regulations to ensure full compliance. Think of us as your on-the-ground HR team for your local employment needs. 

Papaya Global claims to have a fully automated platform but is still heavily reliant on manual services. They aggregate services from local third-party providers, which means your international workers could be employed by a multitude of providers with differing security and compliance standards, IP protections, response times, and levels of indemnity. This structure can expose your company to risk.  

Customer support

Remote is local, no matter where your employees live and work. Our 24/7 support teams are spread across the globe, guaranteeing you receive the most comprehensive and informed service with every interaction.

Papaya Global, without local entities in its covered countries, relies on third-party experts to provide information relevant to your team members. Answers to important questions could take a few days as Papaya Global reaches out to its partner vendors before getting back to you. In addition, when your employees need assistance, Papaya Global may not be able to provide that assistance directly, creating multiple points of contact for your team.

* Competitive data on this page was collected as of June 24th, 2021 and is subject to change or update. Remote does not make any representations as to the completeness or accuracy of the information on this page.

Integrations built to simplify HR from end to end

Remote partners with the most powerful HR systems to seamlessly connect their people, payroll, and HR data. Through our Remote API and native partner integrations, we empower our partners to leverage our global infrastructure in their offerings and help more customers scale their global teams faster.

Customer Stories

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See how we help customers simply hire, pay and manage their team

  • “We’re a publicly listed company, so we needed the stability and reliability of a well-known brand to help us scale; with the support, the roadmap, and the ability to support multiple countries — and handle all the compliance wherever we wanted to hire. Remote immediately ticked all those boxes."
  • "Remote is a very strong partner for us. Onboarding is easy and everything is compliant, from their benefits, payroll, contract and other nuances specific to that particular country. The platform is very easy and straightforward for the new joiners, which wasn't the case with our previous provider. It’s a better experience for our global workforce."
  • “Remote has been instrumental in our growth. It would have been impossible to manage such a high volume of hires internally without their support. They provide the whole package, combined with great account management.”