We have a new co-worker, A. He is a freelancer, and was hired for a year to support us with Windows know-how. So far, so good.

Except that we didn’t hire him directly. Now, it’s normal that we’ll employ external freelancers. It is also normal that we hire people that we do not employ directly, but who have a contract with a subsidary of our company. The reason here is that this way our company can circumvent the trade unions and the union contracts.

However, this guy is an external contractor hired via this subsidary. So there are two levels in between who each want to earn from this guy’s work. Two levels of overhead. One wonders if this might not have been solved more efficiently.