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A compliant independent contractor agreement for hiring in Nigeria

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Country specific hiring info

A compliant independent contractor agreement for hiring in Nigeria

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Hey, we’re Thera: The platform built for hiring and paying contractors, all over the world. We’ve got locally-compliant contracts in more than 150 countries—written to comply with local contracting laws in places like Nigeria.

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Answering all your questions about independent contractor agreements in Nigeria

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 Nigeria.

Why do I need an independent contractor agreement in Nigeria?

A written independent contractor agreement is a reliable way to protect your company when working with a contractor. A strong agreement should outline all of the details you and a contractor have agreed on. By requiring you to reach a consensus before signing, independent contractor agreements set you and a contractor up for a smooth partnership. 

Businesses sometimes rely on a verbal agreement when working with independent contractors, but you shouldn’t. Written agreements are vital in settling disputes and holding you and a contractor to whatever terms you initially agreed on. As the proprietor, you should have a special interest in a written independent contractor agreement because they help protect you from misclassification penalties. 

In Nigeria, independent contractors are legally self-employed, and thus entitled to complete work how they want without direction from the hiring company. Ensuring the terms of your relationship are consistent with these freedoms and having a compliant agreement can go a long way in protecting your company if you are ever sued for misclassification. 

So, you should have a written independent contractor agreement. It’s a small investment to protect your company, the contractor, and ensure you have a smooth partnership.

What do contractor agreements in Nigeria typically need to have?

Every contractor agreement in Nigeria (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 Nigeria should follow a similar structure. If you want to grab your own contract with a compliant structure for Nigeria, sign up to Thera
What makes contractors different from employees in Nigeria?

In general, hiring independent contractors is simpler, cheaper, and less paperwork-intensive than hiring a new employee. Having a full understanding of the differences in employees’ and contractors’ rights and entitlements is crucial before you move forward with an agreement, though

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

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

It’s probably no mystery why we think working with independent contractors is the way to go. For companies and contractors, it's often a win-win situation. Contractors can exercise autonomy over their careers by creating their own schedules and pursuing projects as they wish. Companies can get quality work done without incurring the additional cost and potential risk often associated with hiring a new permanent employee. If this is right for your business, Thera can help you get started with a compliant independent contractor agreement. 

*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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