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A compliant independent contractor agreement for hiring in Malawi

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Country specific hiring info

A compliant independent contractor agreement for hiring in Malawi

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Answering all your questions about independent contractor agreements in Malawi

You may have questions. We’re here to answer them. Below, you’ll learn all the extra stuff you should probably know before putting together an independent contractor agreement for Malawi.

Why do I need an independent contractor agreement in Malawi?

Independent contractor agreements are a map of your intended partnership with a contractor. They should clearly detail all of the important terms of your working relationship, like information about work, compensation, and deadlines. While it may seem like these could be satisfied by a verbal agreement, having a contract written and signed by both parties is a much better way to protect your legal interests.

Malawi’s civil and labor codes do not provide a clear distinction between employees and independent contractors. Typically, independent contractors are workers hired to complete tasks without being under the direct control of the hiring company. Ensuring your arrangement with a contractor is consistent with the autonomy typically afforded to contractors can help prevent costly employee misclassification conflicts in the future. Moreover, written contracts protect the contractor as well, giving them evidence of the compensation they are owed if they are not paid as agreed. 

In the end, having a written agreement is in the best interest of your company and the contractors you work with, even if it takes a little more effort in the beginning than a verbal agreement.

What do contractor agreements in Malawi typically need to have?

Every contractor agreement in Malawi (and, the rest of the world) can be broken up into two parts:

  • Contract-specific variables: This includes things like scope of work, rate, and deadline. They’re the project-specific variables that you’ll include with each contract, and are totally dependent on what type of work you’re hiring a contractor to do.
  • Everything else: Besides things like scope and deadline, every independent contractor agreement in Malawi should follow a similar structure. If you want to grab your own contract with a compliant structure for Malawi, sign up to Thera
What makes contractors different from employees in Malawi?

In most instances, hiring independent contractors saves companies time, money, and stress. As legally self-employed individuals, contractors have additional rights and freedoms not typical for employees. It is important to understand these before moving forward with writing your agreement. 

Here are a few of the key things that make contractors different from employees in Malawi:

  • Contractors can set their own schedules
  • Contractors can work with their own software and tools 
  • Contractors can work for other clients 
  • Contractors rarely receive benefits, like health insurance*

If you’ve read this far, it’s no mystery why we think independent contractor arrangements are great. They empower talented professionals to take charge of their careers, be their own bosses, and pursue work that excites them. It also equips businesses with the ability to have work completed without the extra risk often associated with hiring a new employee. If you’ve decided this would be good for your company, Thera can help you get the process of hiring your first contractor started. 

*With Thera, you can get your contractors access to sign up for premium global health insurance, from SafetyWing, at a 50% discount. 

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