The Grafter service provides a very simple and cost effective way to find, book and pay temporary, seasonal, project, ad hoc and contingent staff for jobs.
Follow these 5 simple steps to use the service effectively..
1. Search for Grafters
If you have some work that needs doing, finding the right worker with Grafter is easy.
Start by entering the work category, the location of the job and and 'must have' requirements. The Platform will build a list of all the registered Grafters that meet your requirements.
The following details are required to perform the search:
1. Type of Work: Grafter provides the following work categories you can use in your search.
Building & Construction - such as labouring work on a building site
Farming & Outdoor - Any outdoor work including farming, forestry etc
Landscaping & Gardening- Commercial gardening and landscaping work
Driving & Delivery - Any driving, delivery and jobs on the road
Industry & Warehouse - Work in factories, light industry or warehouses
Leisure & Events - Any work at events, festivals, sports hospitality etc
2. Main Location: This is the postcode for the location of the work. If the work is out and about, the location should be where the Grafter needs to start and finish the work
3. 'Must Have' requirements: Please select any requirements which are essential for the job, such as a CSCS card (building trade) or driving licence.
Once you have a completed the search, next steps is to check which Grafters are available and interested in your job.
2. Check Availability
The next stage is to complete the following job details on the next screen. These will be sent to the Grafter to see if they are available and interested in your job.
Make sure you 'sell' the job to the Grafters with the best information about the job you can. This will mean you get the best response and therefore the best selection of Grafters to chose from!
Job Name: This is your name for the project or piece of work. It is used to help you and the Grafter identify the project so try to make it relevant and interesting
Job Description: Any additional information about the job that will help you find the right Grafter such as where to meet or any clothing requirements. It is important to describe the job properly so the Grafters know what to expect and whether is is right for them.
Start Date: The anticipated start date for the work, you can enter either a specific date or a flexible work date. With a flexible date you can use Grafter's chat functionality to agree details with the Grafter.
Estimated Duration: The expected time that the Grafter is required for the project. It is ok to estimate this as you can adjust the duration and amount payable to the Grafter after the work is complete. The Platform refers to a working day as 7 working hours, excluding breaks but it’s between you and the Grafter to agree the specific working hours
Hourly Rate: How much you are offering to the Grafters to complete the work. Remember the higher this is, the more chance of finding a Grafter to do the work. You will also be charged a small payment processing and platform fee of 5% (plus VAT) in addition to the Grafters hourly rate.
The Grafters will be sent an email and alert with your job details and should respond using the platform if they are available and interested in your job.
3. Review Grafters
As Grafters reply to say they are available for your job, they will get added to the project in your dashboard.
You can review the Grafter's profile and chat to them using the in-built messages service. Then you can decide whether to offer them the job or not (see next section)
You can stop the search at any time by clicking 'STOP REQUEST' and no more Grafters will be requested for the project.
Remember you can let the search continue and engage multiple Grafters on each project with a single search, just let the search run until you have the people you need.
If you don't get the people you need try running the search again with more information or a higher rate to make the job more appealing to more Grafters.
4. Offer Job to Grafter(s)
When you offer the job to a Grafter, the details of the project you entered are wrapped into a standard Work Agreement. By offering the work to the Grafter you are committing to the details of the Work Offer.
The Grafter will receive the Work Offer in their dashboard. If they accept this now forms the agreement between you and the Grafter. The work can now be undertaken safe in the knowledge that both sides have agreed to the terms.
Before being able to make a Work Offer you will be required to enter your payment debit or credit card that will be stored securely by our payments partner, Stripe
5. Pay the Grafter(s)
Once the work is complete, or as an interim payment (see below), you enter the hours worked by the Grafter and then authorise the payment.
Payment for the Grafter will be taken from your payment card and paid into into their bank. Unfortunately because of money laundering procedures and bank processing times it can take up to 7 days between the payment being taken from your card and clearing in the Grafter's account.
When you pay the Grafter you are also charged a small payment processing and platform fee (currently 5% plus VAT) which is paid as a separate transaction to GrafterNow Ltd.
You will receive a combined receipt for both payments and a separate VAT receipt from GrafterNow Ltd for your financial records.
If you want a Grafter to work additional days or hours, you have agreed to an hourly rate so, if the Grafter is willing, they can continue to work. When paying them you will simply need to revise the Duration of Work on the payment section to reflect the actual hours worked.
You can also re-hire Grafters for another project later straight from your Dashboard. Go to the 'History' button in your dashboard, find the closed project and click on the re-hire button.
Fair Platform Use
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our support team at Grafter Support