Using contractors and subcontractors

Introduction

Guide

When there is short term work to be done or expert skills are needed for a finite period, using a contractor or subcontractor could be of benefit.

Contractors are not employees of the business but have a contract with the business to provide certain services. Subcontractors can undertake all or part of the work on behalf of contractors. This guide explains the difference between contractors and subcontractors and the advantages and disadvantages of using a contractor or subcontractor.

This guide also outlines the employment status of contractors and subcontractors and the implications for tax and workplace rights, health and safety requirements when using contractors and subcontractors and getting the most from contractors and subcontractors.

In addition this guidance also has helpful tips on how to protect your business from rogue contractors.