Labour hire solutions provide employers with the opportunity to engage autistic resources from a DES provider through a third-party labour hire organisation. In a labour hire arrangement, the autistic jobseeker becomes an employee of the labour hire supplier and the employer sub-contracts the resource from the labour hire supplier. This is permissible within the DES program conditions.
An employer engaging an autistic jobseeker through a labour hire supplier does not affect DES providers payments for that engagement from DSS.
Benefits of Labour Hire
In some cases, labour hire may provide an opportunity for work for an autistic person where an employer is not directly able to engage that person. The benefits for an employer of a labour hire model include:
- Providing an opportunity to trial employees before offering an ongoing role, reducing potential risk on employers
- Complete contract and payroll processing services
- Offering a method of engagement with companies that do not directly employ people, preferring to sub-contract people instead of direct employment.
Some specialist labour hire suppliers can also provide additional benefits such as:
- Providing autism training to the managers and co-workers
- Additional employee support can be provided and included in the labour hire rates
- Provision of additional support tools to support autistic jobseekers in the workplace
- Being experienced in the engagement and management of autistic individuals
- A no cost transition of the jobseeker to the employer when the employer is ready to directly employ that person.
Examples of Labour Hire Scenarios
A couple of examples of when labour hire can be a good option for an employer could be a follows:
- A building company would like to hire a person to undertake some labouring work. The company does not, however, employ people directly. All of the building company’s resources are self-employed sub-contractors. A labour hire option allows for the building company to setup a sub-contract to engage the autistic jobseeker. The labour hire company can setup the sub-contract arrangement with the building company and manage the payroll and payment of the jobseeker.
- An accounting company has a head count freeze. This means that new job roles cannot be raised. However, the accounting company does sub-contract services for particular activities. The labour hire option enables the engagement of the autistic jobseeker through a services contract. The accounting company pays for the services delivered and the labour hire supplier manages the payment and payroll for the autistic jobseeker.
In both of the examples above, the building company and the accounting company engage the jobseeker through a sub-contract arrangement and the labour hire supplier is the employer of the jobseeker. If the building company or the accounting company chooses to, they can engage the job seeker directly as an employee. These scenarios do not affect the DES provider’s access or level of payments from DSS and do not affect the service that the provider supplies to the jobseeker in their workplace.
An employer is free to choose which labour hire supplier they wish to use. They may already have an existing relationship with a labour hire supplier. As a DES provider you may have a labour hire option that an employer may choose to use. Alternatively, if neither of these cases apply, the Autism@Work pilot can offer a labour hire solution through Untapped.
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