Flexible worker app launches in Wales

SumoShift, a member of the Wesley Clover group of companies, has launched an app that connects employers and flexible workers.

The platform is being positioned as an instant channel of communication for freelancers looking for short-term employment opportunities.

But there’s also the ability for companies to advertise jobs, which are then pushed out to a community of enrolled workers. They can respond with their availability to fill a shift.

Automation within the recruitment sectors increases productivity and provides savings of up to 40 per cent compared to traditional methods, according to research.

Over the past decade, the temporary recruitment industry has grown hugely. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation claims it’s worth £25 billion to the British economy alone.

Headquartered at the Wesley Clover Innovation Centre in Newport, Sumoshift has conducted a successful trial of its technology and is now undertaking a commercial launch.

Commenting on the expansion, Chris Earnshaw of SumoShift said: “For several months we have been conducting a trial to finesse the technology and business model across South Wales.

“We have been fortunate to work with a range of businesses of all sizes. The results of the trial have exceeded my own expectations. We are launching now because our clients are keen to access our services.”

The platform has already become a hit among hospitality and leisure businesses, and the Celtic Manor Resort is an excellent example. Ian Edwards, chief executive of the Resort, commended the company.

“Like many businesses in our industry from time to time we experience the need to increase our casual labour force. We tested the SumoShift platform,” he said.

“It offers the very best in new technology and has proven an attractive business model. The fact it is a local company gives me the reassurance of SumoShift’s ability to provide a first rate service.”

Brett Seagrave, executive head chef at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, has also been using the service. Speaking of its importance to the business, he explained:  “Motorpoint has used SumoShift for months. We’ve used it to help manage our staffing.

“The fact the Company has people who are versed in our industry gives us peace of mind. It’s also great to see such an innovative product come out of South Wales.”