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What's the easiest way to get a job done? Hire a local

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Editor's review

Published 21 Dec 2018

If you check the unemployment figures around the world you might be forgiven for thinking that the job market hasn't been as healthy as it is now for many years. The US is sitting on 3.7% right now and the UK at 4.1%. The bad news though is that close to one third of unemployed people are under 25 and that figure is even higher if you are over 55. The younger ones are able bodied and ready to work and the older ones have all the skills you'd ever need but employers would rather choose someone younger. Add these to the number of underemployed - people who aren't getting as many hours as they need - and you have a huge potential workforce out there who are ready and willing to work. 

As a consequence, there are a number of alternative employment avenues opening up that take advantage of a workforce that doesn't quite fit into normal working demographics. Wage is a new app for iOS and Android that aims to be one of the contenders to fill that gap. The aim is to connect people in your local area who have tasks that need to be done with able bodied or skilled people who can complete the job for them. Just take a photo or a video of the job that needs doing (and a brief description, if you like) and post it in Wage app and willing workers can 'bid' on the job. You get to choose the person for the job without advertising your personal details online. It'll take no more than a couple of minutes from beginning to end.

If you are looking for work you can simply scroll through the hundreds of pictures or videos of jobs in your area that people need help with. The picture will tell you pretty much what skills are required. If you are picked to do the job you can earn money as well as reputation stars for the job if completed to the customer's satisfaction. This will help when applying for other jobs. The jobs themselves can be any odd job that needs doing. It could be mowing a lawn, fixing a blocked sink, painting a wall or even grocery shopping. Easy money if you can do the job well. 

Wage App features an intuitive interface that speeds things up and helps you quickly post jobs and find the right person that you are looking for to complete the job successfully. Job seekers can stay on top of local offers with instant updates so they never miss out on a job opportunity. There is no spam on the site to confuse or distract you and you'll never need to give away your phone number or email address. Posting and accepting jobs is simple and easy and you can be up and running with only a couple of taps. There's even a private live chat to finalise the details of the job if you are the successful applicant. 

This excellent employment app could well signal the beginning of a new age for employment. We are all very busy with work and kids these days and, rather than calling a costly tradesman to complete a job, you can hire a willing and competent worker for a fraction of the price. What's more, rather than having to join a queue to get a job done, you might have a better chance of immediate action with a freelancer. Let's not forget the amount of retired but willing and able electricians, plumbers and builders who have been made redundant since the GFC hit back in 2008-9. Wage is a great way to keep them in employment. For the out of work tradesman, it could be a godsend. They just have to check out the 'gigs' in their area on their mobile and apply for any ones they can do. Wage is available now for free for Android, iPhone and iPad at the relevant app store. 

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