Subcontractor Duties

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Subcontractor Duties
Subcontractors work in the construction industry and work independently from the main contractor. (Hard working construction worker at a construction scene. image by Andy Dean from

Construction projects require many workers. The overall project is awarded to a contractor. A contractor will estimate the cost of the project, time frame and bid for the job. Once he has won the job, a subcontractor will offer his services in a bid, and the contractor will choose from the subcontractors the people he wishes to hire. Subcontractors may work alone or be in charge of a team of workers depending on the size of the project. Subcontractors may be unskilled labourers, electricians, plumbers or any worker who works on a construction site.

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Estimate Cost of Own Work

A subcontractor has a duty to accurately estimate how much he will charge the contractor for working on the project. This information will be subject to the original contractor's estimate for the scale of the project being accurate. A subcontractor may bid on the job with a full price for the project, or bid offering his services by the hour. Offering by the hour, allows the subcontractor to not be responsible for any overruns that the project may encounter.

Work Without Supervision

A subcontractor has a duty to carry out his work with no or minimal supervision. The contractor hires a subcontractor to complete a specific aspect of the project such as the electrical fittings, plumbing or brick laying. The subcontractor is responsible for this aspect of the project. It is the duty of the subcontractors to liaise with other subcontractors working on other aspects of the project to ensure that the project is completed efficiently and on schedule. Any problems that arise which cannot be solved by the subcontractors may be referred up to the subcontractor for decision.

Manage a Team

A subcontractor may have a team of workers. He will be responsible for hiring them, paying them and dealing with all employment issues regarding these workers. The contractor will have no authority over these workers. It is the duty of the subcontractor to pass on important information to his workers and supervise the work that they carry out.

Keep Accounts

The subcontractor must keep an accurate record of all workers under her control. She will monitor who is on site, how many hours they work and ensure that the information is stored correctly in a database. She will use this information to file for taxes and will make it available to the contractor if necessary.

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