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ColdMint123

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Heyoo,
Just recently applied for a position as a tutor/mentor at Art of Smart. I just received a conditional offer couple days ago and wanted to know anyone's thoughts on working at AOS? I didn't know that they actually put you on as a contractor so I have to apply for an ABN. Frankly, im new to the work force so I have no idea the processes involved in being a contractor. Does anyone here work/has worked for AOS? If so, what is it like and i guess what are the disadvantages of working as a contractor rather than being an actual employee?
(I shoulda listened in business studied and commerce)

Cheers
 
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contractors arent given the same legal protection as an actual employee
 

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A number of tutoring companies recruit HSC graduates as contractors. I worked at a tutoring company in 2020 on the same basis. Some reasons I believe are behind this approach are:
  • The possibility that HSC graduates have displayed short job tenure on average. From a tutoring company's financial perspective, it may be more appropriate to employ tutors on that basis, since they expect that HSC graduates will not stay with the company for an extended period of time, allowing them to avoid fulfilling entitlements they would otherwise need to fulfill if their tutors were classified as employees.
  • Tutoring companies may choose to employ tutors as contractors as opposed to, say, casual employees, because they do not wish to worry about casual conversion. Casual conversion occurs when either an employer offers its existing casual employees the option to convert to full-time or part-time (permanent) employment or when employees request that their employer converts their employment to full-time or part-time (permanent).
As you mentioned, being a contractor requires that you obtain an ABN which means that you will need to pay your own tax to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), as opposed to employees, who have income tax deducted by their employers. Contractors also usually pay their own superannuation. Note that in some circumstances, independent contractors may be entitled to be paid superannuation contributions. You may wish to check whether the former or the latter applies with respect to superannuation with Art of Smart.

Another difference between a contractor and an employee is that the former does not receive paid leave, as opposed to the latter, who is entitled to receive paid leave (such as annual leave, personal/carer's leave, long service leave) or receive a loading instead of leave entitlements in the case of casual employees.

I hope this helps! :D
 

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Heyoo,
Just recently applied for a position as a tutor/mentor at Art of Smart. I just received a conditional offer couple days ago and wanted to know anyone's thoughts on working at AOS? I didn't know that they actually put you on as a contractor so I have to apply for an ABN. Frankly, im new to the work force so I have no idea the processes involved in being a contractor. Does anyone here work/has worked for AOS? If so, what is it like and i guess what are the disadvantages of working as a contractor rather than being an actual employee?
(I shoulda listened in business studied and commerce)

Cheers
Is it a lock in contract?
 

satvik_1008

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Heyoo,
Just recently applied for a position as a tutor/mentor at Art of Smart. I just received a conditional offer couple days ago and wanted to know anyone's thoughts on working at AOS? I didn't know that they actually put you on as a contractor so I have to apply for an ABN. Frankly, im new to the work force so I have no idea the processes involved in being a contractor. Does anyone here work/has worked for AOS? If so, what is it like and i guess what are the disadvantages of working as a contractor rather than being an actual employee?
(I shoulda listened in business studied and commerce)

Cheers
don't get an ABN and work as a contractor, make that very clear to Art of Smart. Becoming a contractor essentially removes all workplace protection otherwise that would have been afforded to you, and you can miss out on a great deal of legal protection as a result. Better off working privately/somewhere else than as a contractor.
 

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I'd personally suggest steering clear of tutoring firms wanting to have you as a contractor.

Might as well just go private+direct and get more $$$
 

Greninja340

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don't get an ABN and work as a contractor, make that very clear to Art of Smart. Becoming a contractor essentially removes all workplace protection otherwise that would have been afforded to you, and you can miss out on a great deal of legal protection as a result. Better off working privately/somewhere else than as a contractor.
what rights do you lose as a result of working as a contractor?
 

satvik_1008

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what rights do you lose as a result of working as a contractor?
Every protection offered to workers (paid annual leave, minimum wage, etc). In the eyes of the law you are treated like a business contracted out by another business.
 

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