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Employing Staff

When the workload increases it is logical to consider extra staff to reduce the burden on yourself but without the correct planning it could easily be your worst nightmare. Often the time taken to supervise an employee and the increased overheads erode any financial advantage. The most efficient workforce in the electrical industry is an apprentice and employer working together.

If your business is already structured this way it may be better to employ casual or hourly hire staff to cover the shortfall rather than increasing staff numbers. To be efficient an electrical contracting business should have a full time supervisor or staff member for every 7 workers.

Employing staff reduces the time available for the business owner to perform chargable work with a big impact on cashflow. As well as the mandatory paperwork directly related to employment an employer must have systems in place for workplace safety, equipment testing, fault reporting and testing installations.