The company A (client company) needs to add more people than they have to their workforce in order to get a project done, so they make an agreement with a company B (consultancy, temporary employment agency, etc) that provides the extra people they don't have.

Those contractors from the company B work alongside other people at the company A, doing the same tasks and under the same premises, but they have a contract with the company B so they are not employees of A.

How do you call such people? I think the word in English is contractor. I have looked up its Japanese translation in dictionaries and they translate it as 業者. However it seems to be related to jobs like traders or real estate agents, so I'm not sure it is the word I'm looking for. Is 業者 the right term to label the people described in the scenario above (regardless of the industry) or there is a more appropriate term?


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If you work at the Company A but have an agreement with the Company B, the following are the good terms.

  • [派遣]{はけん}
  • [派遣社員]{はけんしゃいん}

しゃいん means workforce here.

Though if you work at the Company A as a contractor, you are called:

  • [契約]{けいやく}
  • [契約社員]{けいやくしゃいん}

In the first example, you could be either an employee ([正]{せい}社員) or a contractor(契約社員) in the company B.

By the way, 業者 means the people who run the business. You can say traders or real estate agents are 業者.

  • @Eiríkr Útlendi thank you for the edit!
    – plsplsme
    Aug 30, 2019 at 22:35
  • Thank you! turns out I hadn't understood the meaning of "contractor" in English either. The word I was looking for is 契約社員. Thank you!
    – jarmanso7
    Aug 31, 2019 at 7:46
  • This is useful coming from a fellow software developer, as I was thinking of my own situation at job where I work as a programmer. I'm a 契約社員. Btw, I checked your profile description, may I suggest you to edit it? as far as it is not an intended pun, I think it is "full-stack" developer, not "full-stuck".
    – jarmanso7
    Aug 31, 2019 at 7:49
  • @jarmanso7 thank you for the suggestion! I edited my profile :)
    – plsplsme
    Sep 4, 2019 at 1:17

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