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Subcontractor (SC)
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What is a Subcontractor (SC)?

A Subcontractor (SC) within the construction industry is a professional entity, either an individual or a company, hired by a general or primary contractor to perform specific tasks as part of a larger project. SCs have skills in specialized areas that the main contractor might lack, such as plumbing, electrical work, or roofing. By subcontracting these tasks, the primary contractor can ensure that each part of the project complies with relevant codes and meets quality standards. SCs execute their task based on predefined conditions stated in a contract, including timelines, payments, and job specifications. Hence, SCs are primarily responsible for portions of work within the broader framework of projects.