We care for your payrolled talent like you care for your employees.

Our Employer of Record Service provides a premium talent experience to help you attract and retain the strongest freelance workforce. Managing the employment relationship end-to-end, we streamline and simplify the process for both clients and talent, including onboarding, payroll and benefits, making sure talent are satisfied and supported, mitigating co-employment risk, and handling all compliance and record-keeping responsibilities.

For full-service payrolling needs, we can also offer Agent of Record Services for Independent Contractors (ICs) and Corp to Corp Services for Subcontractors.

Benefits of Employer of Record

  • Self-source your contingent talent without needing to employ them directly.
  • Re-engage talent you’ve worked with before (past contractors, alumni, etc.) without the commitment of added headcount.
  • Seamlessly onboard, employ, and offboard larger groups of talent for surge needs.
  • Mitigate risks that come along with using contractors for your temporary talent needs.

Here’s how it works.

Recruit talent any way you like

Use any recruiting method—pre-identified candidates, direct sourcing, referrals, alumni, retirees, interns, etc.

Employ talent through us

We become the employer of record, offering premium employee benefits, ongoing training, and exceptional talent care.

Onboard quickly and easily

Dedicated Onboarding Specialists complete hiring requirements, customized onboarding, and W-2 orientation to start talent within three days.

Measure success and optimize

We frequently assess assignments, engagement and retention, redeployment, and KPIs, innovating the program to achieve the best results.


Why partner with Aquent?

Global capabilities

Geography is not a barrier, no matter where your talent are located. Through our network of global offices and alliances, we can employ talent across North America and in 165+ countries worldwide.

Decades of expertise and innovation

For 35 years, the world's top companies have trusted us to support their most important business initiatives. Today, we partner with close to two-thirds of the Fortune 500 and more than 90% of the Fortune 100 across nearly every industry, providing innovative workforce solutions, talent, and technology.

Diversity demographics

We can give you visibility into the diversity of your non-employee workforce by collecting and reporting demographic data across many dimensions. Since early 2021, almost 90% of new talent have voluntarily provided this information during the application process.

Unparalleled, customizable coverage

Our benefits include three employer-subsidized major medical plans, employer-subsidized dental, paid sick leave in all 50 states and Canada, a retirement plan with employer match, four flexible spending accounts, and much more.

Exceptional talent care

Talent are paired with a dedicated Talent Care Partner who provides support throughout their engagement with regular performance feedback, career coaching, access to skills training, and more.

Minority-owned supplier

We’re a Certified Minority Owned Business (MBE) by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). In fact, we’re the largest staffing MBE in the U.S. and hold an elite Corporate Plus designation achieved by only 1% of certified MBEs.

Our work is bigger than us.

Case Study


Our Employer of Record services are a #1 hit at Beats by Dre.

Client Success

Beats by Dre is driven by new product launches. As their Employer of Record, our talent power those launches by creating dynamic marketing (advertising, social, video, motion graphics) & by designing the packaging for new Beats by Dre products.

Case Study


We help Cloverly build a sustainable business as they help build a more sustainable world.

Client Success

Southern Company, an Aquent client for 25 years, helped launch Cloverly to enable consumers and businesses to offset their carbon footprint. The innovative startup looks to our progressive employee retention programs to deliver efficiencies and growth.

Case Study


Our payroll services are a secret weapon for The Coalition’s Gears of War.

Client Success

From Visual FX and 3D Artists to Character Artists and Producers, we provide The Coalition with superior talent and expert Employer of Record services that allow their Gears of War franchise to keep winning battles.

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