What to consider when hiring a subcontractor

17th January, 2019

Sometimes, hiring a contractor to help out with the workload is essential and whilst there can be many benefits, it is important to be aware of the risks.

It is always good to practice risk management and ensure:

  • All subcontractors have references – before committing to hiring them, it is important to see if they are fit for the job and if their work is of a high quality.

  • You have interviewed thoroughly – use this process to get to know them. What have they worked on before? What skills can they bring to your business? Do they have what is required to get the job done?

  • The hired contractor is completely aware of the project – it is important to be transparent and explicitly explain what it is they will be doing. You don’t want to be leading them under false pretences. This includes pay, deadlines, and what tasks they will be doing.

  • You have everything in writing – Make sure you have a contract drafted and signed before any work takes place. This should entail who is responsible and liable for what.

  • You have strong health and safety precautions in place – Health and safety should always be practiced and it is important that contractors are given a briefing and understand what is expected of them.

  • You have the right insurance in place – Whilst contractors are their own employers and have to provide their own insurance, you can ensure your business is protected against loss, damage and theft by the hired contractor. It is imperative you check they have the right Liability cover in place.

Get in touch if you would like to ensure your business is fully insured to hire contractors or if you would like risk management advice. Call 0115 973 4437 or click here to request a callback.

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