The Labour Xchange tool works like speed dating for jobs, allows people looking for flexible work to be matched with employers looking for temporary workers.
Sunderland City Council has worked with Labour Xchange to bring the service to Sunderland after hearing about its success in Southend, Lambeth and Croydon.
The service has already been successful in helping match more than 5,000 people with businesses looking for temporary or permanent workers, whilst also reducing the cost of recruitment for businesses of all types from SMEs through to larger corporate entities.
Coun Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Member for Vibrant City, said: “We know having a full time or a permanent job doesn’t work for everyone. They might just be looking to do a few hours to fit in around caring or other responsibilities, top up their wages from an existing employer, or bring in a bit of extra cash in retirement.
“The great thing about this scheme is that the way it works supports residents who may find traditional application processes off-putting or challenging. Workers just have to say what type of work they’re looking for and which days and times they want to work and the tool does the rest.
“We see this as something that will work especially well for adult social care but I would encourage anyone looking for flexible work to check it out.”
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Paul Spillman and Jonathan Key from Labour Xchange, said: “We have a simple yet important mission; to connect individuals looking for work by matching them with businesses who are looking for staff.
“We make this easy by removing the barriers to being found for work and making it easy and more cost effective for all types of businesses to post their work opportunities out to willing workers.”We have seen and experienced what it is like to desperately need slightly more money to cover all the bills.”We also know the difficulty in getting good staff, be that temp or permanent, to cover changes in staffing or demand.”To find out more about the app and download it visit: www.labourxchange.uk
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