• John Macedo

7 things to know when choosing a LABOUR HIRE

Updated: Jul 28

Choosing a Labour Hire company in Australia can be a difficult task. They all look the same from outside. We've prepared 7 tips (things to look out for) to make sure you've selected the best for your needs.

A good way that companies can stay flexible and source temporary workers is by using a construction recruitment agency in Australia or anywhere in the world.

From casual workers solutions to on boarding full-time employees, the labour hire service simplifies the recruitment needs of a construction business.

▶️ Selecting the best Labour Hire, a Project Managers need to be sure that they check first the reputation (if possible) , the ethics of the labour hire and how well they treat their employees and their clients.

Also, (as a standard) the labour hire company should understand the workplace safety policy, the values of the client company and, specially: The client needs as a whole.

✳️Now, to go in dept: Here are the main pain points to check when choosing a labour hire company:


First things first: If you are already using a labour hire read the next points while you reflect if you labour supplier really covers them.

The "cost of change" to a new recruitment agency may not be as large as you think, and trying out may not be as hard. Consider that if you're not currently happy with your labour supplier, the cost for your business in the long run may be larger than the possible stress of the change.


Finding labourers online may be stressful. A professional labour hire company should help YOU first, and not themselves.

Labour Hire companies function as a true employer, so their main tasks are the following:

Locating, screening and skill-testing new staff

Keeping workers safe and properly paid.

Look after their morale and well-being.

In the end, they will manage effectively any issues that might occur.

In terms of stress, the main benefit of using labour hire companies is simple: they provide a well-skilled workforce you need without your business undergoing through the hiring process.

No more worries about employee availability, nor scheduling the interviews.

The construction labour hire company in Sydney should guarantee that your company will receive good workers, at the proper time, that have the skills and good communication to suit the job in hand.

This way you can focus on the project and not on solving problems.

▶️ However, not all agencies do that well. Good labour hire companies should likely have properly assessed each workers' skills and capabilities before deployment, regardless of the rank.

⚠️The last thing that you want is to order a Labourer and end up with a worker that really doesn't know nothing about construction.

You should ask if they pre-screened, interviewed, referenced checked and have enough information about the workers they provide way ahead of deployment. Remember that, if not yourself, your foreman will have to deal with poorly prepared workers and they may be costing the company time, instead of money.

⚠️That's why its more then just about the labour hire rates

The real problem is that small mistakes often go unreported and therefore cause a leak in a project budget that go unnoticed. We have calculated how much money you may lose due to poor skill, have a look here.

Poor communication, or poor skill/professionalism, means wasted time - which means - double loss.

Construction in Australia is expensive. But don't make the mistake of saving a couple of dollars per hour on your labour hire and creating major problems in your project.


The construction industry is usually characterised by unsteady labour demand. companies require additional staff often. Therefore, there will be lots of short-term labour contracts as opposed to permanent jobs.

Even though it is not ideal, in the construction field workers are usually needed with urgency. A labour hire will receive lots of calls to find workers as soon as possible. As such, you should make sure that you hire a company that has a wide enough network, so they can meet your needs in a short period of time.

✳️Besides that, they must be legitimately interested in understanding your needs so they can provide workers that are good fit for your company needs, and not just "a guy".

The between a labour hire company and a construction company shouldn’t have any gaps, but be clear and straight. You should set some expectations from the very start of your collaboration, and create room for an honest relationship.


Be extra aware of this part, since is the most neglected aspect of labour hiring.

Along the administrative side of the whole hiring process, the labour hire company should do the HR right. This means not only meeting once with the worker but care for their safety and well being so you, as a client, can receive a happy worker.

Considering that the construction industry is moving a lot and workers spend less time in the companies they work for, the HR should make sure they don’t feel like ordinary freelancers, but they are happy about being part o a team.

Just because there is a great percentage of casual jobs in this domain, it would be easy for a Labour Hire in Sydney, for example, to not do the payroll properly. Therefore, make sure you check the recruitment company does the right thing by the workers.


Usually, when checking the work of the construction recruitment jobs in Sidney, you would do research, referrals, calls and meetings. But you will only know the truth when you receive the first workers.

Look closely at their work, how they perform or adapt to the values of your business. You can also ask the foreman to assess this quality, so you can calculate the cost/quality ratio.

▶️ Moreover, try to not fall in love from the very first hire, but check for the consistency of quality standard.

Other than that, always keep your mind open to try a different supplier. If you're not happy with yours, trying a new one.

May be easier than you think!

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Hiring a cheap, yet a poorly skilled workforce hire will cause loss of time, money, stress and will not pay off in the end. Make sure to check all the above points before signing a long-term contract with a Labour Hire agency.

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