Guide

Using contractors and subcontractors

Introduction

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 different roles of contractors and subcontractors, sets out how your business might benefit from using them and outlines your legal responsibilities towards contractors, subcontractors and the general public.

It also explains some of the potential disadvantages of using contractors and subcontractors.