Just when it seems as if the web can hold no more on-line recruitment sites, a Swiss-based European contracting firm has announced the launch of topcontracts.com, an agency-free service for freelance ITers and companies.
The site, founded by IT contractor Philip Payne and backed by Oracon GmbH in Switzerland, has been operational for two months and claims to save users time and money by assuming responsibility for all contractor/contract searching processes, and by removing agency commission fees.
The site works by maintaining a database of contractor details and job contracts for matching, and e-mails both parties daily with progress updates.
According to topcontracts.com founder, Philip Payne, this is one of the features that make the site unique. "Users no longer have to go on line to receive an update on what's happening," he says.
"Instead the service automatically e-mails companies each day with a ranked, filtered list of suitable applicants, including on-line links to each contractor's CV. Similarly, contractors receive regular e-mails with details of appropriate postings."
Because the service guarantees anonymity, the parties only learn of each other's identity once a contractor has decided to apply for a particular contract. If interested, the company can then request his contact details and pursue the process from there.
As an additional service, the site will also check contractor references and place the text on-line for companies to view, however it assumes no involvement in further negotiations.
"Our site removes the need for a middleman and places the process under the control of the contractor and the company to avoid any misunderstandings," adds Payne.
The service is free to contractors, although companies pay a flat-rate fee for the contact details of those applicants they'd like to follow-up.