Project sourcing: ensure your peace of mind

Published on: 10 February 2017
Are you looking for a professional specialist for a temporary project? If so, Project sourcing is an attractive option.

Project sourcing is not the same as temporary work. With project sourcing you do not hire people, but expertise for your company. Although the expertise does arrive as an external consultant and will work at your premises. What if the federal social inspection department pays you a visit (and this happens more frequently now)? Do not run the risk that the project sourcing is qualified as improper. Because this may result in sanctions for your company and reputational damage.

Guarantee your peace of mind by hiring a professional Project sourcing agency. You will be sure of:

a contract that is correctly drawn up – Because a professional agency is perfectly aware of the model clauses presented to the federal social inspection.
the correct implementation of the contract – Because a professional agency knows what is and what isn’t allowed to stay within the scope of a project management assignment.
a single point of contact for all problems, the daily operations, in other words everything with regard to the project – Because legally you are not allowed to have authority over the members of the project team.
But how do you know in advance whether you are dealing with a professional Project sourcing agency? Federgon issues a quality label to agencies that meet all the conditions after an external audit. View the list of certified members here.


Federgon, the professional federation of HR service providers, is a neutral party which defends both the interests of customers and service providing companies and the people they employ (the members of the project teams).

That is why we asked Ann Cattelain, director of the legal department at Federgon, the federation of HR service providers, what the pitfalls are and how to avoid them. Can a professional partner in Project sourcing give you legal security?

“It is first of all important to work with a correct contract. The professional Project sourcing companies use the model clauses which Federgon reviewed together with the federal inspection services.
Furthermore, the reality on the workfloor must correspond to the wording
of the contract. In this context the Federgon members were made aware of some do’s and dont’s.
Finally, the advantage of working with a professional partner in Project sourcing is that you have a single point of contact (the SPOC) to discuss all the problems and remarks about the contract implementation. This SPOC shall solve everything for you and will manage your external employees.”


In short, Project sourcing is a good and legally valid way to temporarily hire extra know-how for certain well-defined projects.

Do you prefer someone who is fully integrated in your team and who you have authority over as an employer? In that case a temporary work contract for an unlimited period of time certainly offers a solution. If that bill makes it, an agency certified for project sourcing and with a licence for temporary work will be able to offer even more customised solutions.

Select HR will help you out with both Project sourcing, via our subsidiary Select Projects, and temporary work. And always tailored to your needs.

Do you want to find out more about our Project sourcing solutions? Call +32 3 203 50 78 or send an e-mail to