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A compliant independent contractor agreement for hiring in Sierra Leone

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A compliant independent contractor agreement for hiring in Sierra Leone

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Answering all your questions about independent contractor agreements in Sierra Leone

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 Sierra Leone.

Why do I need an independent contractor agreement in Sierra Leone?

Independent contractor agreements lay the foundation for conducting business with a contractor. They require you to reach an agreement about the terms of your relationship before you begin working together, setting you up for a smooth partnership.

Because independent contractors have lower income tax rates in Sierra Leone than employees, the National Revenue Authority provides clear guidelines for what arrangements fall under an independent contractor umbrella, and harsh penalties for companies who misclassify their workers. They define independent contractors as providing a contract for service, specifying that the contractor-client relationship is centered around a specific project and the client has no direct control over how the contractor completes that project.

To help avoid costly penalties, your arrangement with a contractor should be compliant with these guidelines and the nature of your relationship should be clearly detailed in your written agreement. Beyond ensuring you are compliant with government regulations, written agreements also hold you and the contractor legally accountable to each other. Putting the terms you agreed to in writing is helpful in ensuring you get the work you hired them to do, they receive the correct compensation, and settling a dispute if either of those things doesn’t happen.

In short, you need a written independent contractor agreement—for your protection, and the contractor’s.

What do contractor agreements in Sierra Leone typically need to have?

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

Before you can make a decision for your business, you should understand how exactly employees' and contractors' rights differ from each other. Independent contractors are self-employed workers who accept companies as clients, while employees are workers who are directly employed (often exclusively) by a company. As a result, the hiring process for contractors is typically cheaper and faster than the hiring process for employees.

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

  • 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*

The concept to remember when working with contractors is autonomy. They are free to complete their work how they want and pursue additional opportunities as they wish. This works out great for your company too, as it gives you the ability to hire out tasks without the additional responsibility that comes with hiring an additional permanent employee. With benefits like these for both parties, it’s probably clear why we think working with independent contractors is great.

*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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