Communitech Outposts, an employer-of-record service for small and medium-sized businesses across Canada, is now able to tap into talent in more than 160 countries.
Communitech Outposts was first introduced in 2019 to help Canadian companies hire sales employees and foster revenue growth in international markets. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend to remote work, prompting companies to consider hiring a broader range of talent – not just sales people – outside Canada.
“COVID-19 has brought the future of work into the present, prompting many companies to take a proximity-optional approach to hiring for the foreseeable future,” said Iain Klugman, CEO at Communitech. “Communitech Outposts offers an unprecedented level of support for Canadian companies looking to employ remote talent internationally or conduct business virtually, across borders.”
For companies working on their own, the amount of work and risk associated with setting up an international entity to hire talent can be prohibitive. Communitech Outposts removes those obstacles by managing all aspects of employing people in foreign jurisdictions – such as payroll, benefits and statutory filings – enabling companies to access previously out-of-reach talent and enter new markets more quickly, with minimal regulatory risk.
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Communitech Outposts grew out of an idea from Dave Caputo, Chair of Communitech’s Board of Directors. Through his previous leadership of Waterloo-based company PixStream, Caputo experienced the headaches that come with international employment. PixStream was able to quickly expand internationally with help from a major investor, who had offices around the world to handle hiring for them. Other companies that Dave worked with did not have such access and had to handle international hiring on their own, resulting in long delays and complications.
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