The Client needed a platform feature that we didn’t have! They wanted to introduce their OWN talent onto the Nomad Now platform for current and future hiring requirements. When approached by talent they didn’t immediately need, the Client wanted to ‘park’ those applicants on Nomad Now until needed. Then, when timing suits, the Client would engage directly with those freelancers or candidates and hire them.
Coming to market with a new and untested (in SA) is hugely exciting but involves much customer education and hand-holding at first but progress is there for all to see and we continue to add ‘big name’ SA corporates as well as those quick-to-adapt smaller tech literate clients we appreciate so much.
‘The concept is obvious. We order accommodation through Airbnb, transport and food through Uber and even clothes online. Let’s put recruitment processes and recruitment costs into the mix and see how South African employers jump to attention!’ says Ross Paton on the drivers for the conceptualisation and launch of the tech recruitment platform in April 2018.
The digital transformation that we have seen in the last few years has changed the landscape of the workplace dramatically. With the digital age, so-called “old-school” methods of working, recruiting and even learning have all been disrupted. In this period of flux, and the harkening of the fourth industrial revolution, businesses have the opportunity to embrace this fully but what does the future of work actually look like for businesses, recruiters and employees?
Freelancing is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with an estimated 50% of the US workforce being freelancers by 2020, and this trend of increasing numbers of freelance, or gig, workers is global. Freelancing, though not without challenges, allows workers many benefits, which means that it is becoming a more and more attractive option for people entering the workforce, and even for those who have established careers.
Examples of Professionals that the Platform provides a marketplace for include Software Developers / Legal Advisors / Advertising or Media Creatives / Quants / Non-exec Directors / IT Architects / Risk Consultants / Engineers / Architects / Photographers / Accountants / Management Consultants / Economic Analysts / Coaches & Trainers / Compliance Professionals / Specialized Lending Consultant / Auditors & Accountants / PR & Communication Advisers / Lab Analysts / Medical Practitioners including Locums / Labour Advisors / Tax Advisers / Wealth Consultants / Geologists / Pharmacists / Corporate and Clinical Psychologists / Architects and Architectural Designers and many more!
Clients must feel that they are not be contracting with 'just a supplier' but with YOU and your reputation as an individual. This applies even if you are Team Leader of a Team of Freelancers, Contractors or Consultants. Its personal! Your rating is yours and reflects on your abilities and service, so protect and preserve it.
The short answer to your observation regarding ‘limited hits’ is due to our ‘youth’. Nomad Now is just over 14 months old. Our product has been very well received and Client numbers have risen rapidly. Our Clients extend across many industries and although they reflect a very broad range of roles, these are often deep and narrow specialty areas which may be outside of your special fields.
Uber disrupted the meter taxi industry. Airbnb flipped the hotel sector on its head. Locally the likes of Bank Zero and Discovery Bank are using digital to take on established financial sector players. Next in line is the age-old and contentious practice of labour broking. In a globally connected digital world there is no need for middle men.
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