One of the greatest advantages to hiring workers on a contract basis is you don’t have to commit to fulltime or long-term employment. You hire the staff to fill a temporary void and their contract finishes when the task is complete or a set time period has elapsed.
Their contract ends and at the same time and so does your commitment to these workers.
Both the construction and mining sectors will often require skilled workers on a contract basis. Not all jobs are ongoing, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to look at hiring fulltime employees and everything that goes along with that.
Depending on the arrangement the workers have with the employer, contractors will either use their own equipment and materials to complete the agreed upon work, or yours.
Unlike a temporary employee situation, contract workers generally have more control over how the tasks are performed and what hours they work to complete the tasks.
Ultimately you really don’t have a lot of control as a business owner or manager over contract workers, as they are not technically in your employ. Contract workers are independent and work for themselves.
It’s like if you call an electrician out to your home to do some work, you have no real say over when they will show up or how they go about performing their tasks. It’s basically the same deal when hiring contract workers and tradies on a contract basis for your business.
There are certain advantages to hiring contract workers:
- They pay their own tax
- Usually they provide their own equipment to do the job
- You don’t pay them annual leave or for public holidays
- They provide their own insurances
- Contract workers are a good way to add more temporary staff during busy periods of business
- You don’t have to pay contract workers overtime rates
Now while there are definitely advantages to hiring a pool of contract workers when you really need skilled labour to cover a busy period or fill a void, ultimately you don’t have much control or say over these workers because technically you are not their employer.
An Alternative To Hiring Contract Workers
Instead of looking to go through the rigmarole of hiring a team of contract workers next time your business has a gap to fill, you should seriously consider looking at labour hire instead.
At Blue Collar People we have an ongoing pool of talented, trained and skilled workers ready to start work for you when you need them. We’ve taken all the hard work out of the process, vetting the employees before they reach your doorstep.
We handle everything, and if you ever encounter any problems, you simply deal with us rather than having to deal with a potentially large pool of individual contract workers.
Recruiting suitable temporary employees can be a difficult and time-consuming task. With Blue Collar People you don’t need to worry about any of that. What you get is the skilled workers you need, when you need them, and with no hassle on your part.