Published: January 14, 2022 | Updated: January 15, 2022
Make a date with gigr! Iain’s online job match platform for the gig economy up and running
A new online job matching platform for the gig economy – likened to a dating website for job seekers – has been launched by a Poole businessman.
gigr is the brainchild of Iain Robertson, the former Headteacher and Joint Proprietor of Buckholme Towers School in Commercial Road, Poole.
After leaving the world of education in 2018, the year before the school went into administration and then closed, he took up an office job.
However, Iain soon realised that the traditional Monday to Friday 9 to 5 model wasn’t working for him.
The father of two started taking one-off jobs – or gigs – in offices, couriering or manual labour.
He was still working but on his terms where he could enjoy much more flexibility.
Iain, 56, said: “The biggest challenge was finding the gigs.
“I knew they were out there, but I had to trawl the internet, sometimes for hours, to find exactly what I wanted, when I wanted it.
“Then when I did find an advert for a suitable job, 9 times out of 10, it had gone.
“It seemed crazy.
“In a world of smartphone technology, it should be at my fingertips.”
To solve the problem Iain came up with gigr – a simple-to-use online platform where nobody wastes time searching.
Business owners across a range of industries such as hospitality, delivery, cleaning, care, construction and customer service, post jobs specifying the job role, experience required, location and whether it’s a one-off ‘gig’, temporary or permanent.
Job seekers precisely matching these criteria then receive a live notification.
They can view the details of the job and apply with one click.
The business owner then reveals the applicant’s contact details, confident they are a match for the job.
Iain, who incorporated Gigr Instant Work Ltd in December 2019 but soft launched gigr in the last three months, said the events of the last year or so had left many people and businesses reeling.
But with lockdown restrictions now considered by many to be off the agenda, he said there was a feeling of optimism and even excitement about the future on the basis that ‘If we can survive that, we can survive anything.’
Iain said: “Businesses in the hospitality sector, for example, have come out of lockdown more agile and leaner, having found creative ways to reach and cater for customers, as well as to cut costs.
“The biggest cost for most businesses is their staffing.
“One of the ways that businesses are becoming more profitable is by moving to more flexible ways of staffing.
“This involves tapping into the growing number of people joining the gig economy; that is, those who are choosing flexibility in their work routine rather than the traditional 9 to 5.
“The challenge for these 5 million ‘gigrs’ lies in how they connect directly to the available jobs they are looking for, quickly and easily.
“Traditionally this is done by trawling through job sites and social media platforms or engaging recruitment agencies.”
Iain said that with the world of work changing, gigr offered an easy and familiar smartphone-based solution for people looking to take control over the way they find work and how they earn money.
For business owners, gigr saved valuable time and money by instantly filtering candidates, ensuring only job seekers matching their precise needs see their job posts.
As a result, and in just a few clicks, matches can be made and direct communication open.
gigr is now live and matching hundreds of people with jobs across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Southampton is next to be targeted.
- Businesses are being offered three ‘free reveals’ when they register and post a job. It means that, effectively, they can match with and recruit up to three people for free. If recruitment agencies register, they’ll get five free reveals.