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Question 392 November 2005

Managing non English-Speaking Contractors

Through an agency, we are finding ourselves having to take on non English-speaking labourers (Polish & Portuguese) on mostly short-term contracts. As part of our duty of care, they are always shadowed by an English speaking employee - which is far from ideal.

How do other companies manage such contractors? Do you have a policy or guideline we can learn from?


The following 8 companies answered this question:

  • Bae Systems Submarines Ltd
  • Defence Equipment and Support - Abbey Wood
  • GKN
  • Petrofac
  • SGP - Bellrock Property & Facilities Management Ltd
  • Tube Lines Limited
  • UNIQ plc

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