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Cabo Norte - Global Talent Hunters

Cabo Norte in a nutshell

We are expert talent hunters. We focus on the recruitment of  engineering, technical and corporate professionals with the purpose to negotiate a permanent long-term contract. In some cases this can be a freelance contract or a project-based contract.

The majority of our clients are based in the BENELUX region, France and by extension Europe. Most of them have a strong international presence.

We have previously recruited professionals for the UAE and the Gulf Region in general, North – Central and South Africa, Russia, Asia, Australia, Central – and South America. We are not limited to recruit for one specific area or country. We follow and assist our clients worldwide.

Working in Belgium

At Cabo Norte we work for a curated selection of companies based in Belgium often having a strong international footprint.
This may imply they are open to hire both Belgian and EU nationals interested in working in Belgium on a local Belgian contract. This entails paying taxes in Belgium.

Working in Belgium requires mastering the national languages. For many of the Belgian roles it’s often a requirement being able to communicate in Dutch and/or French and English.  So, keep this in mind when applying for a vacancy in Belgium and check the language requirements listed in the job descriptions.

Cabo Norte - Global Talent Hunters
Cabo Norte - Global Talent Hunters

Working abroad, within the EU

According to the European legislation, a resident of the EU can work in every member state of the EU and by extension in the European Economic Area (EEA), while working on a permanent or self-employed (freelance) contract. In this case, you can’t be discriminated in regard to your EU nationality within these borders.

Working abroad, outside the EU on a mission basis or as an expatriate


Working outside of the EEA (European Economic Area) requires a working permit. Very often the working permit is linked to a residence permit. As a result, should you fall out of employment, you will be bound to leave the country. Amongst others, this situation is applicable in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and the Gulf region in general, Australia, Africa, etc.

Working outside the EU on a mission basis

For many international roles, it’s not always required to work as an expatriate. There is often the option to work on a “mission basis”, meaning you assist on a project basis where needed for a couple of days, weeks or months, just as long as needed. In this case you won’t require a residence or long-term working permit.

Working outside the EU as an expatriate

Should you be employed for an international expatriate role, the employer will arrange a working and residence permit for you as it requires a lot of legal and administrative formalities to be fulfilled.
In this case you often have the choice between working on a rotation schedule, meaning working four months or more on and returning home for a few weeks; or working permanently in the country of employment without going home.
The rotation schedules can vary depending on the country of employment, the duration of the project or assignment and the type of work. There is no standard in this and is up to discretion of the employer.

Cabo Norte - Global Talent Hunters

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