A new online professional social network allows fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in the mining industry to post their profile and literally compete for jobs in bidding wars. Instead of waiting for HR to offer a wage and roster, the balance of power has shifted dramatically.
The website, FIFOBids.com.au, is touted as filling a need on both ends: the skills shortage plaguing the mining industry, and workers who are looking for competitively paid jobs. In a nutshell, users create a profile, upload their CVs and state their price. Employers then go onto the network and a bidding war ensues.
The site has been up and running for just 28 days, but already has more than 7,500 member profiles on the books. “We have built an open, transparent and fair market accessible to everyone, and where companies can easily see who is available,” co-founder Antonluigi Gozzi told The Australian.
The site founders say their future plan is to extend the concept to cover all industries – but one wonders whether the concept is only possible in industries with the most serious skills shortages.
Notably, employee profiles are anonymous, so an employer can bid only on the skills and experience presented in the listed CV. Buyer beware indeed.
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