A website for trading IT skills aims to offer IT professionals a source of flexible job opportunities and help employers to source scarce skills.
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OrderWork, which has attracted interest from more than 1,000 employers, aims to offer IT contractors a more flexible, marketplace approach to finding work by matching IT professionals to IT opportunities posted by potential employers.
The website, which trades more than 1,500 jobs a month, aims to provide employers with a diverse pool of IT skills and coverage in remote areas.
Contractors and suppliers are charged on a commission-only basis, as opposed to paying an ongoing subscription fee. Employers pay a fee to use the vetting and rating system to filter candidates.
IT consultant Lee Holding, who is a regular user of the site, said, "I like the fact that it is flexible. You can go directly to the site to see what is available or get e-mail notification of suitable work, which allows you to pick and choose jobs according to busy or quiet periods. I also like the fact that, if the price is not right, you can accept work conditionally and negotiate your fee."
Holding said the system had increased his work by 25% since he registered at the beginning of the year. He has recently been providing network and maintenance services for local charities which found him through the site.
A wide range of organisations have used OrderWork, from managed IT services companies to electrical retailer Dixons.
Peter Northwood, service development director at Dixons Stores Group International, said the scheme allowed the company to supplement its permanent technical field-service teams with expert, local, vetted suppliers to serve customers across the UK.
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