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Developer description

Job board and auction platform for jobs and skills. Advertise your jobs or auction them off for ... More

Editor's review

Published 19 Jul 2018

According to the latest figures, the unemployment rate in the UK is at its lowest since records were first recorded back in 1971. While those figures have to be commended, it's rather sobering to note that it has taken almost ten years to recover from the disaster of the GFC back in 2008-9. The downside is that people are working longer hours, wages growth has stagnated and many of the new jobs are part time. It doesn't help that many economists are predicting a new financial crisis in the not so distant future - especially with Brexit looming and Trump's America first policy continuing. While the UK is probably faring a little better than similar 'western' economies, those statistics seem to echo across many of them. Consequently, people are searching out new ways of gaining meaningful employment.

The Job Auction is a new app based out of London that aims to work for both employers and employees - from full time right down to the one off job. It displays both a job board and an auction platform where jobs and skills are advertised. On the one hand it's a place where businesses can advertise for new staff while on the other it's a place to search for your ideal job. it's also a place where you can hunt up some one-off jobs if you have the skills to do them. However, there's also a section to auction jobs off for the best possible price.

Let's start with the one-off job. If you are looking for someone who can do a one off job for you or you want to offer your own skills as a one-off this is the place to look. Thankfully, it follows all the rules of normal employment so there's little room to exploit or to be exploited including minimum wage requirements. Whether you are a carpenter, an electrician, a cook or an artist (or are looking for one) or its something as simple as needing your lawn mowed or your car fixed you can hunt through the ads for jobs that fit into your demographic. This is a particularly useful place to go for freelancers, older people who may have fallen out of the job market or others who want to augment their earnings - just as long as they have the skills to do the job. When you list a job, you have two choices. It can be something that you want someone to do for you or you can advertise a skill that you have yourself. Whichever one you choose, you can set your price and wait for offers to come in.

If you are an employer looking for either permanent or temporary staff you can create an ad in the 'Classic Job Ad' section and make it look classy using photos and videos etc. Applicants can then apply online and upload their CV and portfolio and unlimited applications can be viewed, compared and managed in your dashboard. You can contact applicants via email or the inbuilt instant messaging service. If you're looking to hire staff fast use the Instajob section. It's a fixed price for 28 days and easy and fast to list. Applicants can upload their CV's without the need for a cover letter and you can send them confirmation by email or contact them using the IM system.

Finally, there's the Auction section. If you are a freelancer with a skill (or are looking for one) this is where you can find the right person and get the best price for that skill you have or for a job that you need doing. Skilled people can advertise themselves with photos, videos and additional files. Yet again, you can view and manage your replies in the dashboard. So there you have it. The Job Auction is a pretty easy app to use and to navigate and proves itself to be a worthy accessory to the regular employment services who tend to play to the lowest common denominator most of the time. The app covers everything from the simplest task to full time employment while sticking to regular employment conditions. I wish you all good luck in your search for a better life.

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