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So I work for company A (they pay my salary), but they put me to work at company B (they pay company A).
So while I'm officially employed by company A I don't really know the people there and I spent most of my time at B building their product.
Until company B decides they don't need me anymore and I'm out (company A can't easily do that because we have laws that protect employees and such).
Once company B decides I have to go (or when I decide I don't want to work for company B anymore), company A will find a new company for me to work at.
This is actually pretty common practice in the Netherlands.
In Dutch we say that company A does "detachering" and I'm "gedetacheerd" at company B.
But what is this called in English?
Google is of little help, apparently I'm "detached" (maybe from reality, but not from my job!)
For "detachering" I find something like "secondment", but that doesn't sound well.
Am I "seconded" at company B? Does company A do "secondment"?
Is "detachering" not something other countries do (often)?
In Business yes. And it (landlord) is not generally bad.
I'm exactly employed in that way, let me try to explain:
I was originally employed by B, became part of a bigger Organisation where A is also a member.
Do to some restructions and optimizations (financial, organisation and much more locations) the Team "B" was moved (organizational whise) to A... but our main Job is to work for B.
So I'm employed finally from "landlord" A, which in my case was a very big Advantage, because A is financially very strong (at present B became also strong, so that is not longer a point) but working for B.
Sorry for my bad English. I hope you get an idea what I try to say. If not it is also not a big Thing in history
You're a contractor... not an independent contractor but just a regular contractor that goes through another agency. From the real employer's perspective (ie, the company with the money like company B), they do this when they want a temporary employee or want to try out an employee before bringing them on full-time. This happens a lot in tech actually.
Contracts can be indefinite, contract-to-hire, or for a fixed amount of time. The real employer benefits by less red tape and regulations from dealing with the employee. They don't pay extra in tax, UI insurance, etc. The good news is, that extra money is typically passed on to company A and if you negotiate right then you. The bad news is you're easier to get rid of than a normal employee.
It's not completely like that.
Company B does not have the intention of keeping me or bringing me in full time.
Likewise, company A is investing in me so I have more knowledge so more companies would want me and they can sell me for more money. They don't want to get rid of me!
Company B just pays the bill company A sends them every month and company A pays for me, my car, my education, retirement, insurance, etc.
Company B can ditch me whenever, but if company A wants to ditch me they'll have to do quite a bit of trouble