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The Tech Disruption Series: RecruitTech
Fora’s latest panel series takes a look at the technology that’s transforming traditional industries as we know them. For the latest instalment and podcast recording, the spotlight fell on the recruitment industry and the tech that’s making traditional recruitment a thing of the past.
Three disruptors in the arena joined a live audience at Fora – Borough for the hour-long discussion hosted by tech broadcaster and presenter of The Gadget Show, Georgie Barrat.
Hung Lee’s career matching platform Workshape.io aims to add a visual and more human element to CVs and job descriptions; Katerina Pascoulis, CEO of Personably, streamlines the employee onboarding process for fast-moving companies; and Raoul Tawadey’s Snap.hr connects companies with software engineers using AI and machine learning.
Is the gig economy here to stay?In short, yes. Tech has been the enabler for the rise of the gig economy – “a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work”. People now demand much more flexibility from their work which has, alongside the sheer volume of online jobs board, given rise to more specialist job sites like Florence.
Hung Lee sees this increased demand for flexibility as another reason why employers will need to apply a longer-term approach to their recruitment, perhaps engaging people for smaller packets of work. “Humans, teams and jobs are all dynamic, but this is not reflected in current recruitment practices”. At the moment recruiters have a very permanent ‘yes/no’ decision but we need to see a move away from this dichotomy towards different types of temporary hiring.