If you are looking for work, start by creating an account login with email and password so the system remembers you when you come back. Then there are then 5 simple steps for using Grafter to find work:
1. Set-up your profile
You will need to set-up a profile to promote yourself to potential employers. Make your profile look as good as you can to get the most offers of work. The following information is required:
My Personal Details: Basic details about you such as your name, date of birth (only age bands are made available to employers), and contact details. There’s also an ‘About Me’ section where you can write a short profile to help employers understand a bit more about you - a bit about your background, why you are looking for work, why you would be a good grafter
Home Location: This is your base location. This is used alongside Travel Distance to determine the catchment area you are prepared to work in and therefore which jobs will be sent to you
Travel Distance (km): This is approximately how far you are prepared to travel from your main location for work. It is best to enter the maximum possible distance as you can always decline work if the location is inconvenient
Hourly Rate: Set your target hourly rate to provide a guide to businesses using the Grafter service – we don't allow you to set a rate below the National Minimum Wage as we don't believe that's right!
Work Preferences: Select all the types of work you are prepared to do. You should write a few lines about any relevant experience you have to show employers you are good for the types of work you sign-up for:
Building & Construction - such as labouring work on a building site
Gardening & Landscaping - Any outdoor work including farming, forestry
Driving & Warehouse - Any driving, delivery and jobs on the road
Industry & Business - Work in business, factories, light industry etc.
Leisure & Events - Any work at events, festivals, sports hospitality etc.
- Office & Admin - All other jobs including cleaning and retail
- Contract, Payment and Reviews: Use this to tell employers if you wish to use the platform to form a contract, get paid and get reviews and star ratings. If you don't use the platform for these elements you will have less protection to make sure you get treated and paid fairly. You also cant benefit from the Public Liability Insurance provided for most jobs managed through the platform. You will also not get reviews and star ratings from the jobs, which helps you build a good profile and get more work opportunities
Licences and Equipment - If you have any of the following it will help you get work in certain categories:
CSCS card – the Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Full Driving licence
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Car or Van
To get the most job opportunities you should complete your profile to be as open as you can to options (travel distance, type of work etc).
This will mean you get discovered by businesses more often - you can always decline the opportunity later if it is not right for you!
Note: For security, do not publish your email or phone number in your profile. Communications should be initiated using the chat facility, where you can decide if you would like to share contact details with someone. Any contact details will be removed from profiles.
2. Respond Available
When an employer posts a new job that matches your locations and other requirements, you will be sent an email notifying you of the opportunity
The work will also appear in 'My Jobs', you can view the details and apply for it if you wish. Be quick or the job may get filled before you have responded!
You have two options:
'Apply' - to say you are available and interested in the job. But don't worry, you are not committed to the job at this stage but would like to be considered for the job
'Decline' the job - this job doesn't suit you. It will be deleted from 'My Jobs' and no further action is required
Hopefully, if all goes well after this the employer will offer you the job...
3. Agree Work Offer
After you respond 'Available', the employer may select you for the job (or decline if they don't need you). They should make a formal work offer based on the details you have already seen.
You can accept this which then creates a contractual agreement between you and the employer for the job. This gives you the assurance that the employer is legally committing to pay for the work.
If you have not already done so, you will need to add your bank account details to the system so you can get paid. Your bank details are stored by our specialist payment partner Paybase so you can be assured they are protected by their secure payment system.
At this point, the Grafter service sends you another email with all the job details and what was agreed, so you will have them to hand when starting the job.
Next, you should then turn up on time and complete the work to a high standard so you get a good star rating. This will help you find more work in the future!
4. Get Paid
As a grafter on the service you will have signed-up as a self employed contractor and will be responsible for managing your own tax affairs.
On completion of the job, or at regular intervals as agreed with the employer, they can use Grafter to make a payment into your bank account via our payments partner.
The payment system also gives you the ability to track your payments and to make sure you get paid everything you are owed. This could provide useful evidence should there be a payment dispute between you and the employer or even with the taxman.
Payment normally takes a few hours to clear through the payment card and banking system so please allow this time before contacting the employer or us.
5. Get Reviewed
On completion of the work, both client and grafter can review each other, providing you have used the platform for payments.
It is important to provide feedback on any employers that treat you unfairly or ones that are good to work for to help other grafters.
More importantly, it helps you to build your profile (hopefully with good reviews and star ratings from employers). This should help you find more work in the future
Not Available for work?
If you are unavailable for work then at any time, then you can specify your status as 'Not Available for Work' in 'My Account'.
This lets us know whether you are looking for work or not. So, you can keep your profile on the Platform but turn it off when you are busy or not looking for work which means you won't get sent lots of annoying emails with job opportunity when you are not available!
For further information on how to manage your jobs using the Grafter dashboard, see this article: Using the Grafter Dashboard
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us on Grafter Support