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Public sector interested, says company director

Wellington-based company IT Contractors is offering an online recruitment service that allows employers to contact contractors directly — without going through a recruitment agency.

Company co-founder Phil Scott has previously undertaken projects for major companies, as well as working as an IT consultant. On both sides of the fence he says he has found it frustrating dealing with middlemen who charge high fees but often seems to have little knowledge about the skills being sought, he says.

IT Contractors’ website, which has been up and running for four months, currently has 68 contractors and 20 employers registered, says Scott.

As most of the large users of computing services in Wellington are government departments one of the first things the company did was demonstrate the new service to them, says Scott.

“Quite a few of them were interested,” he says. “A number of government departments have [since] signed up for the service.”

Signing-up for the service is free. A fee of between $3 and $5 an hour is incurred when a contractor is hired by a client. The amount depends on how many contractors are working for a particular client in one month, says Scott.

The website allows contractors to enter and update their details, skills, availability and CVs. They can also see how many people have viewed their profile.

The system lets employers search for a particular skill or combination of skills. They are presented with a list of contractors whose skills match their search criteria. The list also shows other skills listed by the individual contractors, as well as their availability.

In addition, the employer can view a summary of the contractor’s work history and education, and can also choose to download a full CV.

If the employer wishes to interview the contractor, a single click sends an email asking him or her to contact the employer, says Scott.

The system is built using Apache, MySQL and PHP.

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