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In very broad terms, contractors are the organisations appointed by clients to carry out construction works. However, this apparently simple relationship is complicated by the fact that contractors tend not to have all the trades required to construct a building in their direct employment.

This means that a contractor is likely to appoint a range of sub-contractors to build the works for which they have been contracted.

These are the three types of contractors that can be found:

  1. General Contractors
  2. Contractor by Specialty
  3. Independent Workers