Using contractors and subcontractors



When there is short-term work to be done or expert skills are needed for a specific period, using a contractor or subcontractor could be a suitable solution.

Difference between contractors and subcontractors

Contractors are not employees of the business but have a contract with the business to provide certain services for a determined period of time. 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.