What’s the Difference Between our Full-Time, Part-time and Sub Contract Positions?

Looking for a job is hard enough. But do you know what’s harder? Understanding all the recruiting and employment lingo that comes with it, of course! If you are struggling with figuring out how much time you have to work, check out this guide that goes over the difference between full-time, part-time and subcontractor positions. 


For the employer’s shared responsibility requirements, a full-time employee works at least 30 hours per week, or 130 hours per month, on average throughout a calendar month. There are two approaches for establishing whether or not an employee is full-time — the monthly measurement method and the look-back measurement method.

The employer evaluates whether an employee is a full-time employee on a month-by-month basis using the monthly measurement method by looking at whether the employee has at least 130 hours of service for each month. Under the look-back measurement approach, an employer can decide whether an employee is a full-time employee during the stability period based on the person’s hours of service during the previous period, which is referred to as the measurement period. To determine ALE status, the look-back measurement method may not be utilized to assess full-time employee status.


The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) makes no distinction between part-time and full-time employees. This classification is left to the discretion of individual companies. Part-time employees, on average, work fewer hours than full-time employees. Employers, on the other hand, select the exact number of hours their workers must work to be classified as part-time or full-time. Part-time workers are divided into two groups by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: those who work part-time for economic reasons (also known as involuntary part-time workers) and those who work part-time for non-economic reasons.

Lack of job, poor business conditions, inability to locate full-time work, and seasonal demand drops are all economic factors. Illness or other medical constraints, childcare or other family duties, attending school or training, being in partial retirement or having another career are examples of non-economic reasons. Part-time workers are employed by a wide range of companies in a wide range of fields. Part-time workers are common in the retail, hospitality, and catering industries. Part-time workers may be hired by some businesses to accomplish specific projects or work during specified seasons. Other companies engage part-time workers to fill up the gaps that their full-time staff can’t fill.

One distinction between full-time and part-time employees in many firms is their eligibility for benefits such as health insurance, paid time off (PTO), paid vacation days, and sick leave. Part-time employees may be eligible for a pro-rated set of perks in some businesses. Part-time status in other companies means that an employee is not eligible for benefits.

Sub Contract

contractor employs a subcontractor. They are recruited to do project duties that the contractor is unable to accomplish. They may require assistance due to personal licensing limits, out-of-scope employment, or additional assistance. For example, Valor Home Services hires subcontractors to do tasks in a remodeling project like plumbing or electricity that our team does not handle. A subcontractor has the option of accepting or rejecting jobs supplied by a contractor. They can give you an estimate of how long the project will take. The contractor is usually in charge of the job’s price. Subcontractors are self-employed, which means they are responsible for their own taxes, supplies, health insurance, and other expenses. Subcontractors typically want to perform as much work as feasible in the shortest amount of time. They may be able to provide you with a quote in less time than an employee.

Valor Home Services has all three positions open for potential candidates. We are happy to work with your needs and schedule. So whether you need side work, extra cash while in school or a full-time career, Valor Home Services has your back. To apply for our many openings, visit our Join the Team page and fill out the full application. For any other questions or information, feel free to call us at any time