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

Aquent Square Deal is a fresh approach to payroll transfer that enables you to attract and retain top-performing talent at a fair, competitive price. Unlike traditional payrolling, our Employer of Record Service delivers a premium talent experience and ultimate flexibility and pricing transparency for clients.

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, furloughed workers, alumni, etc.) without the commitment of added headcount.
  • Seamlessly onboard, employ, and offboard large groups of talent for surge needs.
  • Mitigate risks that come along with using contractors for your temporary talent needs.

Here’s how Square Deal works.

Recruit talent any way you like

Use any recruiting method or partner—self-sourcing and pre-identified candidates, the Aquent Scout recruiter network, or even your existing staffing agencies.

Employ talent through us

We become the employer of record, offering industry-leading benefits, options to customize benefits, professional development opportunities, and white-glove talent care.

The more talent, the better

Adding more talent gives you economies of scale that create cost savings, mitigate your co-employment risk, and make it easy to roll out new labor initiatives. At the same time, talent get a consistently great experience.

We take care of your recruiting partners

For any talent sourced through another vendor, we serve as the single point of contact during talent engagements and pay vendor recruitment fees quickly and seamlessly.


Why partner with Aquent?

Clear, competitive pricing

The more talent in the program, the greater your cost savings from economies of scale. We also decouple recruitment fees from talent management costs, so you know exactly what you’re paying for and that it’s a fair deal.

Mitigate your risk

Since talent are our employees, we eliminate worker misclassification risk under IRS regulations and laws like California’s AB5. We also help mitigate co-employment risk (without tenure limits) through industry-leading benefits and customization options to close the gap between your employees and talent.

Exceptional talent care

Our talent care programs include regular check-ins, career coaching, skills training, and more. We’re proud to be recognized for our commitment to talent, winning ClearlyRated’s Best of Talent Satisfaction Award 11 years in a row.

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.

Fast benefits eligibility

Talent are offered coverage even for part-time or short-term engagements. Unlike many other providers, we don’t require talent to work full-time for 12 consecutive months to get benefits.

Pay for what you use

With our one-of-a-kind metered benefits program, you can pay talent costs as they are incurred. That means we wouldn’t bill you for things like health insurance if a talent declines it or for unused sick days.

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.