A Statement of Work (SOW)
The modern way to resource IT projects delivered on time and on budget
What is a Statement of Work?
It’s a contractual agreement between your company and an IT contractor or provider. In essence, it agrees to pay for IT project resources based on the achievement of pre-determined outcomes. Typically, a Statement of Work is formed around a set of project milestones.
Why use SOW contracting for your next IT project?
A Statement of Work contains:
- Details of the job to be done and of the skills needed to complete it
- A set of way-points against which contractors will be rewarded
- Clarity over what qualifies milestones as being complete
- Details of the resources provided, location of work, and other project meta-information
- Confirmation of contract duration, payment terms (such as will expenses be covered), method of payment, currency, etc.
- A summary of obligations of the contracted worker such as expected behaviors, hours of attendance etc.
Pay for work done, not time
SOW contracts are growing in popularity because they allow hirers of indirect workforce resources to pay for results, rather than hours worked. It means that departmental managers, with work to be performed, can look to hire specific skills for each competency or activity stream of projects they need to complete.
Use of IT contractors and the gig economy means that companies get their work done faster, with no employment risks. SOW turns requirements for workers into ‘jobs to be done’ that can be contracted out by purchasing departments.
SOW is gaining in popularity
We’re seeing a dramatic increase in the fragmentation of jobs into tasks, ready-made service packages and Statement-of-Work (SoW) contracts.
These alternative ways of procuring workforce resources mean that organizations can sugar-cube their resourcing needs to source best-fit, value-for-money IT resources from a large addressable market of talent.
Is SOW for you?
To learn how a Statement of Work can help you to deliver IT results, get in touch.