Building Contractor

Building Contractor

Traditionally, a contractor  has been considered to be an organization that co-ordinates the resources necessary to undertake construction works, including contracting a number of trades required to carry out the actual works. This use of contracted trades allows them to vary the workforce on projects depending on the nature, scale and location of the works required without having to employ, or lay off direct employees.

A builder on the other hand, directly employs workers that undertake all of the roles necessary to undertake construction works, they do not have to contract trades. Typically this has been associated with domestic construction, as housebuilding is a relatively repetitive process, for which the workforce required is predictable and so direct employment of the workforce does not limit the builders capability.