Updated 23.05.2024

Independent subcontractor agreement 

A subcontractor performs principal or auxiliary services for the principal in return for regular remuneration.

Use this contract: 

  • To delegate all or part of a service or task to an individual or company.
  • Whether the services relate to a particular project or are to be provided on a repetitive or constant basis.
  • If the tasks are to be carried out flexibly and independently, subject to the general instructions and requests of the principal.
  • Where the sub-contractor is to be remunerated on a regular basis, hourly, monthly, annually or otherwise.
  • Whether the expenses or costs of the materials are borne by the principal, the subcontractor or re-invoiced.



This agreement is governed by laws of England and Wales and complies with commercial regulations

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Protect yourself legally as a principal with the following options: 

  • Commitment to minimum hours per week, availability and frequency of reports. 
  • Firm prohibition on subcontracting, non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-competition, even after the end of the contract. 
  • Capping of costs that may be invoiced in addition to fees, and clear indication of the VAT to be invoiced. 
  • Unambiguous treatment of the transfer and use of intellectual property created and protection of confidential information. 
  • Declaration and undertaking to notify any change of status when the subcontractor is reclassified as an employee. 

Safeguard your interests as a subcontractor by using the following clauses: 

  • Minimum monthly remuneration notwithstanding hours actually worked. 
  • Indication of costs to be invoiced in addition, on an actual basis, at a flat rate or as a percentage of fees. 
  • Limitation of liability to the amount of fees paid and imposition of a short claim period by the principal. 
  • Authorisation to delegate, represent, and sign on behalf of the principal. 
  • Reservation of the intellectual property created and the right to use it, even by assigning it to the principal. 
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