What is a Contingent Worker and how can they benefit my organization?

Organizations with an existing global footprint or who are looking to expand globally, are increasingly adopting a global contingent workforce approach. Learn more here about different types of workers and how a contingent worker can benefit your organization.

Understanding contingent workers and the difference between a self-employed contractor vs a fully employed contractor

Today’s global workforces are comprised of traditional internal employees and contingent workers. As more companies are embracing remote workers, many are also increasing their utilization of contingent workers.  These contingent workers are referred to as “non-employee” “extended workforce” or simply “contractors”.  Emerging talent sourcing technologies are allowing more options for identifying, screening and engaging talent for contingent workers.  There are specific laws and regulations that govern how the engagement and supervision of each type of contingent worker should be managed.

As companies decide between IC’s, and contract employees, understanding the differences between each worker type and how to manage all aspects, including compliance, should be considered.


Employed Contractors

The company sets and controls the work performed, determines working hours and location where work can be performed
Based on the laws of the country, the worker will be considered a legal employee and subject to taxes, benefits and paid time off
Submit worked hours daily, weekly, monthly into a portal
Companies can employee these workers directly or outsource the management to a third party Employer of Record “EOR” company.  Sometimes these EOR’s can be also considered as a Global “PEO”.  Utilization of such companies adds an important layer of risk mitigation and indemnification.
Workers in some countries can have assignments and project ended quickly while other countries require formal notice periods


Self-Employed contractors

Can operate as an Independent or Corp to Corp contractor
Both categories of self employed allow for work to be performed for multiple clients
actively solicit and market their services for additional work
Provide their own computers and technologies
Set when and where they work office or remote
Responsible for taxation
Submit an invoice for services with a hourly back up for cost center coding
Do not accrue paid time off
Can have work project ended if properly called out in initial contract

What Category of Worker Should You Utilize?

When considering when and why to engage contingent worker, self employed contractor or an employed contractor, consider the following questions:

  1. Is the work an ongoing business need likely to reoccur?
  2. Do you have internal full time workers doing a similar role?
  3. Is the project or work a core component of your company functionality or services?
  4. Is there flexibility in when, where and how the work or project can be performed?
  5. Will you require the work performed during certain hours with detailed reporting
  6. Does the worker require unique niche skills?
  7. Can the work or project be expressed in a defined scope of services?
  8. How much control or supervision will you company exsert over the work or project?
  9. Are self employed contractors utilized for this type of position in your or other companies?

Organizations with an existing global footprint or who are looking to expand globally, are increasingly adopting a global contingent worker approach. In today’s world, global borders are less of a barrier to business expansion, causing an increase in global mobility.

Global worker engagement comes with its own set of challenges, regardless of the type of worker. A contingent workforce management company like CXC Global, will help overcome some of the challenges when engaging global talent and present new opportunities for the global growth of your business.

Contact one of our specialists to learn more about how we assist companies around the world to compliantly engage and manage a contingent worker.