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Alternative forms of employment in the context of the current market situation.

Alternative forms of employment in the context of the current market situation.

        More and more often the reason for starting a new recruitment process are job vacancies, a multitude of tasks in a team or new projects to be implemented in an organization. As the current situation on the labour market shows, the form of employment depends on the needs of both the employer and the employee, depending on the sector in question. The number of available forms of employment that can be used is increasing and allows freedom of choice so that both the employer and the future employee are satisfied.

Traditional forms of employment.

        Traditional forms of employment shall take place within the framework of the employment relationship. They are directly subject to the Labour Code and labour law regulations. The base for them is a contract of employment, regulated on the basis of relevant regulations, concluded for a definite or indefinite period of time. It is carried out on a fixed hourly basis. This form is most often used when an employee is employed for a longer period of time and has specific, permanent tasks in the organization.

        Among modern forms of employment there is teleworking. In this form of employment you work regularly outside the company. An employee uses electronic means of communication to perform his or her tasks. The most popular teleworking professions are: graphic designers, accountants, translators and architects. Workers who do teleworking are employed under a contract of employment and have the same rights as workers carrying out work on a fixed basis. Teleworking is becoming more and more popular in Poland among both employees and employers.

Other forms of employment.

        There are far more no-labour-contract forms of employment and the choice of the right form is dependent on and dictated by the current needs of the organisation. Below we have prepared a list of the most common, non-employment forms of employment.

  • Civil law contracts

        For many years, the most popular form of non-employment employment has been civil law contracts. These are contracts of mandate and work contracts concluded for a specified period of time and, what is important, they concern the performance of a specific task. This form offers employers a lot of freedom in terms of creating the content of the contract. Additionally, it has a smaller range of rights and privileges that the Labour Code provides in the case of employment under a contract of employment. An example can be the amount of holiday per year. Remuneration for work often depends on the results achieved and the working time done. This means that the employee is paid not for the work but for the result achieved.

  • Outsourcing

         It is a transfer of tasks performed by an organisation to another company. It is important that the company specializes in this area. Outsourcing allows you to expand the activities of the right company and build a competitive advantage on the market. By delegating part of the tasks, the company can not only focus on developing core businesses in the company, but also reduce the cost of maintaining employees and fill in staff shortages.

        The type of outsourcing depends on the needs of a given company. Most often it allows the company to gain additional, specialist knowledge and skills. The most frequently outsourced business areas include IT, human resources and accounting.

  • Employee leasing

        It is a form of borrowing employees from another employer for the duration of a specific task. With the consent of the employee, the employee is granted unpaid leave during which he may perform work for another employer. There is also a form of leasing employees from temporary employment agencies. The hiring employer becomes the employer-user. In this case, the hiring employer is not responsible for personnel and administrative duties related to the employment of the employee. The hiring employer's contract with the employment agency lays down all the terms and conditions of the employment of the employee.

  • B2B

        Business to Business is the so-called self-employment, i. e. running one's own business based on a transaction and establishing a relationship between two companies. This means that an external company provides services to satisfy the needs of the company. It may concern any need of the company - delivery of the system, recruitment or even consulting. A B2B contract may also be concluded with a sole trader. Then the person representing the company executes orders that resemble the work of an employee employed under a contract of employment. However, this work is governed by separate provisions and conditions in the concluded B2B contract. B2B employment is not a form of employment contract because it is covered by the provisions of the Civil Code. A person establishing cooperation is  not an employee, but a contractor. An example of B2B activities is the implementation of a marketing strategy.

        Self-employment is becoming more and more popular in Poland. Its definite advantage is the possibility of transferring financial risk from the employer to the contractor for the entrusted task, which cannot be done in the case of a regular employee.

  • Freelancing

        It is the newest and most frequently used employment alternative on the Polish market which was created in response to its needs. Freelancing is the execution of projects commissioned by a freelancer. Freelancers accept casual work from many companies, thus not limiting themselves to just one. They don’t have a job contract. They most often obtain their orders via the Internet. The most popular freelancers' professions include graphic designers, copywriters, photographers and programmers. Freelancing is becoming more and more popular because companies are more and more often looking for someone to work with on a simple outsourcing basis.

        Why should I work with a freelancer? Freelancers are usually specialists in their fields, to whom you can entrust specific tasks. They are people with passion and considerable experience that allows them to work independently. Despite the fact that freelancers carry out various orders, they are not just for one-off cooperation. The vast majority of them have their permanent business partners.

        Every year, newer and more beneficial forms of employment appear on the market. If you want to learn more about how to choose the form of employment for your company's needs or check the quality of services offered by outsourcing companies and freelancers – feel free to contact us.