How It Works

Sqrft is an intermediary. We make it our business to know a lot of people—and not just people who are recently unemployed. We’ve maintained relationships with tradespeople for decades. So if you have a staffing need, there is a better than average chance that we know a really good candidate to fill it.

We make an introduction and as the relationship progresses, get paid for it. There are essentially three ways that we conduct this transaction:

Permanent Placement

is when you hire the person we refer to you and put them directly on your payroll. In this case, you simply pay a commission.

Our fee is a percentage of the employee’s projected annual salary billed evenly over eight months.  If for any reason the person does not work out, then the remaining unbilled balance would be canceled.

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is when you (the Company) takes the referred employee under your control while we maintain their payroll. By default, all Temporary referrals are considered Contract-to-hire and are eligible to be converted over to the Clients own payroll after a term of 640 hours.

The Company is billed weekly for a quoted hourly rate.

The rate that you pay includes = Gross hourly wage + Burden + Agency Fee

  1. Gross wage: How much money an employee receives as a wage is negotiated for each person. The negotiation is between you and the applicant (or, we may do it on their behalf) in advance of them working.
  1. Burden: We maintain all required payroll withholdings and insurances as required by law. Those withholdings include Workers Compensation Insurance, Disability Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, Social Security, Medicare, State and Federal taxes, child support and any other liens.
  2. Agency Fee: Our fee is billed equally over the term. Please ask for a specific quote before engaging us in a search.

For example of Contract to hire: A $15 carpenter carries something close to a 50% burden. Burden is something that everybody pays no matter if you’re using my service or doing payroll yourself. In this example, burden would be around $7.00. Then we add a few dollars for ourselves. Very roughly speaking a $15 carpenter might cost $27. It could vary depending on your safety rating and that year’s current Workman’s Compensation Rate.

Contract-To-Hire with a Buyout

Is a hybrid approach whereby you start the relationship using Contract-To-Hire and then when you feel comfortable enough, convert him to a Permanent arrangement. The conversion fee is calculated by prorating the commission we’ve already billed, subtracting that from the total commission due, and then amortizing that over the remainder of eight months.  This can be quoted upon request.