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Self employed contractor sub-contractor

Self-employed contractors or sub-contractors run his or her own construction business.

The Role

  • Generating new business opportunities
  • Visiting customers to talk about particular jobs
  • Negotiating with customers and suppliers to achieve the best price and profit margins
  • Managing people on and offsite to make sure they’re working in the right way
  • Doing paperwork which includes submitting official forms such as VAT and tax returns 
  • Planning the future of the business and dealing with any issues with customers, suppliers and employees
  • Flexible working hours


  • Self-employed contractors and sub-contractors set their own rates, depending on the work they’re doing and who it’s for.

Qualifications and Training

Self-employed contractors/sub-contractors usually start their career working for another construction company, gaining enough skills and knowledge to enable them to start their own business. 

Continued training and development improves your general business and management skills. This can mean earning a formal professional qualification or learning through informal training and mentoring.

Next Steps


This role is self-employed. 

Find out more

For information on job roles in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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