Money and Meerkats Make Way for Recruiters and Contractors on the UK’s First Freelance Comparison Website
May 05, 2009, Press Dispensary.
Freelancesupermarket.com launches May 6, 2009
Launching this week after extensive development, freelancesupermarket.com
offers a new, free-to-use recruitment and networking site to the Facebook generation of professional freelancers, contractors, recruiters, employers and recruitment services.
At the heart of the site is a rating system in which users evaluate each other on a variety of competency benchmarks. This leads not only to individual ratings but to real-time, dynamic league tables showing the cream of the crop at any moment. League tables on the home page reveal the top ten contractors, top ten agents and so forth, and users can then drill down so that, for example, agents and employers can see the finest freelance secretaries in Scotland or the top techies in Tunbridge Wells, while freelancers can check the scores for agents, employers and service providers.
This offers not only some competitive fun as users strive to be the best in their markets but also allows parties to vet each other before getting in touch, and to provide anonymous feedback having worked together.
Rapidly acquiring the nickname ‘Facebook for freelancers’, the site is proving to offer far more than recruitment shopping. Its networking, its forums and its addictive internal messaging and profiling system are enabling busy contractors to keep up with friends and colleagues while casting a regular eye on their ranking. They’re also finding and vetting the services they themselves need, from accountants to the ‘umbrella’ companies that help them steer their way through the perils of IR35 and PAYE. Meanwhile, recruiters are referring new contractors to the website as a source of information about payroll providers; this helps to mitigate their Managed Service Company debt transfer risk – a very real problem for today’s recruitment professionals who should not themselves make recommendations in this area.
Of course, the site promotes jobs: freelancers can look for work and recruiters can look for contractors. But unlike virtually any other recruitment site, freelancesupermarket.com puts everyone in touch with each other for free: there are no registration fees, no charges when parties contact each other and no commission on contracts awarded.
Martin Smith, MD of freelancesupermarket.com, says: “Our initial idea for freelancesupermarket.com came from our own experiences as contractors, recruiters and umbrella providers. We saw the need for a revolution in the way recruiters and contractors interact and so, after two years of building and testing, we’re launching the UK’s first peer-rated comparison website with an online community of freelance service providers, embracing the full potential of web 2.0.
“The early interest in freelancesupermarket.com has been phenomenal. For the first time, top performing freelance contractors can prove to their agents and clients that they really are best in class.”
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Notes for editors
The UK has an estimated 1.4m freelance contractors (Kingston Report, Sept 2008).
The key features of freelancesupermarket.com are:
• Daily freelance news, regular blogs and insightful features
• Social networking including forums, detailed profiles and an internal messaging system
• ‘Ask an Expert’ section enabling users to draw opinion and advice from an impressive panel of specialists
• Take home pay and financial calculators
• For contractors – an ever-changing database of available jobs, posted by clients and recruitment agents with a live sign-up and CV supply function
• For recruiters – the ability to search for CVs and contact contractors for FREE
• Sign up or request a call back from a freelance payroll provider via the site
The brainchild of Martin Smith, former contractor and recruitment professional, freelancesupermarket.com launches on May 6, 2009. Formed in 2007, and based in Bristol, Freelancesupermarket Limited employs 6 people.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Martin Smith, MD
Tel: 07881 912592