To grow their profits, many cleaning contractors outsource cleaning work to subcontractors. The benefits for the cleaning contractor are many. Including making more money, it also can help them win more customers by submitting lower bids. This is because the cleaning contractor no longer has to be responsible for employment taxes, worker’s compensation, and other expenses. So the cleaning contractor can benefit.
But does this benefit building owners and managers? Let’s take a look.
Are the Subcontractors Trained How to Clean?
Most cleaning contractors that hire employees to perform cleaning work take the time to train them, send them to seminars and classes to learn the most modern and effective cleaning techniques, and even have them certified by leading organizations in the professional cleaning industry.
Contractors that outsource their work invariably provide no-training. Too often, the cleaning contractor asks the subcontractor if they have cleaned facilities before and if so, for how long. If they say they have and have been doing so for the past year, they’re hired. Training and education are not topics that even come up.
Do the Cleaning Subcontractors Cut Corners?
While hiring a cleaning contractor with a low bid is undoubtedly enticing, building owners and managers need to take a closer look at what this means to the subcontractors performing the work. Invariably it means they are paid very little – in some cases, less than minimum wage – to clean your facility. For the subcontractor to make it work, they have no choice but to cut corners. Less service here, less service there, and before you know it, you have a building that is not cleaned effectively and may become unhealthy for building users.
Is it Legal to Hire Cleaning Subcontractors?
A blemish on the professional cleaning industry is the fact that so many cleaning contractors misclassify their workers as independent contractors and may hire illegal immigrants. The Federal Government and the Internal Revenue Service are very aware of this practice and view it as an illegal. Several years ago, Wal-Mart was ordered to pay more than $11 million because their cleaning contractor misclassified cleaning workers as independent contractors and most were illegal immigrants.
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