Greg from GetStaffed is a reader of this blog, and the other day I stumbled upon something he’d written.
It seems that a reporter from a major New Zealand paper got interested in the GetStaffed disintermediation story and spent time with them writing a piece about what they do. After waiting considerable time, the Get Staffers contacted said journalist to find out what the problem was. Apparently;
…a story about a Recruitment 2.0 start-up could offend the papers large recruitment agency advertisers.
Here on Diversity Blogs we hate commercially forced censorship, and love disruption and disintermediation. To this end I’m going to tell the story that couldn’t be repressed (or similar melodramatic terms!)
So what is GetStaffed? It simply seeks to disintermediate the current paradigm of IT contractor recruitment. GetStaffed are aware of the expense, poor service and lack of proactivity displayed by traditional recruiters. To this end they’ve created a service where potential contractors can register, upload their CVs and have testimonials for completed contracts build the kudos. All this is creating something of a “rise to the top” service.
For businesses their service saves money ($3/hour service fee for temp assignments, $2000 fee for permanent), and provides some nice features like being able to watchlist a certain individual and be advised when they become free. There’s also some nice things like points to the contractor for hours worked which can later either be donated to charity or converted to airmiles.
GetStaffed currently has over 700 contractors but that number should grow virally as they get more exposure.