Independent Electrical Contractors Vs In-House Electricians


Electricity is the bloodline of a large number of commercial entities. Many times, the absence of electricity (e.g. during maintenance of commercial electrical systems) brings business to a standstill. Thus, the importance of a well-functioning commercial electrical system is seen.

Installation and maintenance of commercial electrical systems should always be left for the professionals due to the potentially dangerous nature of electrical repairs and maintenance-related activities. This article provides a few reasons why hiring the services of an independent electrical contractor is a more cost-effective option compared to retaining the services of an in-house commercial electrician.

No Work, No Payment

One of the main reasons for the preference of independent contractors over in-house electricians is that independent contractors are only paid for work that they have done. An independent electrical contractor will only be called in when there's need for electrical repairs, maintenance related-services, or the installation of new electrical appliances. Thus, if no such need arises in a particular month (for example), the business entity will not spend any money on the electrician during that month.

In sharp contrast, an in-house electrician will be paid (at least) a retainer every month, regardless of whether or not there was need for commercial electrical services during a particular month.

Choosing an independent electrical contractor can help to save on expenditure related to the provision of electrical repair and maintenance services.

Lower Overhead Costs

In addition to the recurring cost of an in-house electrician's wages, retaining the services of in-house commercial electricians is often associated with other additional overhead costs.

For example, commercial entities that hire commercial electricians on a permanent basis have to invest in the professional development of these staff members (as is the case with staff members in other departments). This means that the commercial entity will need to bear the cost of continuous learning for electrical staff. Continuous learning is important in ensuring that electrical specialists are up-to-date with the ever-changing trends in their line of work, thereby helping them to remain relevant.

Luckily, the cost of continuous learning and related trainings is a burden left for independent electrical contractors to shoulder in their individual capacity.

Additionally, commercial entities have to insure their in-house electricians and pay them benefits in addition to their statutory wages (in accordance with local labour laws). Interestingly, independent electrical contractor are only paid for services rendered; they don't require insurance or benefits. 

For more information, contact a local commercial electrician


21 January 2016

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