Ushift, an on-demand staffing platform for businesses to fill their hourly or daily labor needs in shifts has launched to make it easy for businesses to post jobs and get matched with qualified and skilled workers looking for temporary work.
Founded this year by Robinson Blanckaert and Philippe Benedetti, and backed by Rocket Internet, UShift connects employers with locally available, and previously vetted, hourly workers with a mission to replace the traditional temporary work agencies which are not on-demand and have old interviews process.
“On the one hand, more and more people are looking for flexible work opportunities that fit with the rest of their lives. On the other hand, a growing number of businesses need them. Our vision is to remove barriers and connect people to short term job opportunities with the best mobile technology. We aim to become the leading online platform for temporary work,” founders say on the site.
UShift aims to help users find short-term positions in hospitality (waiter, receptionist, doorstaff, event crew), food & beverage (waiter, kitchen helpers, chef, bartender, barista), retail (sales assistant, promotional staff) and admin (customer service, admin assistant) either to work at sports stadiums, event venues, startups, retailers, coffee shops, restaurants and bars among others.
For employers who have no experience, UShift promises to organize training workshops for those willing to gain the required skills.
The site works simply. New employers set up an account then post a job, Ushift then offers it to the most suitable people based on its internal matching algorithm, see which candidates have expressed an interest in your offer in real time. For each candidate, an employer has access to their profile including their experience, skills and star ratings from previous employers. Employers can also watch their profile video, then select their favorite candidate(s) to undertake the job.
Ushift takes care of all the paperwork, payroll and right to work and employer only approves the timesheet and pay for the completed work. Like Freelancer, Ushift will pre-authorize your payment and you will be charged after the shift is completed and approved by you. There is no additional cost for this service.
The firm says employers use the platform freely and Ushift does not take any commission. Ushift is currently offering jobs in Singapore but says more cities are coming soon.
Employees also sign up for a profile with their experience and skills, profile picture, an ID and a short video introduction. Once your profile is completed, a UShift staff member will contact you within 24 hours and invite you for a video call. During the call, Ushift will review your profile and provide you tips to optimize your profile.
Companies post jobs. When they match an employee’s criteria, Ushift immediately notifies them via email and text. If you are interested, simply approve the job and your profile will be submitted to the company. If an employee is busy or sick or uninterested in a shift they can switch their profile to unavailable.