A Chicago-based company is acting like a matchmaker for Tampa Bay employers and employees looking for shift-based, or hourly, gigs. Called Shiftgig, the company uses apps to sign up individuals for work in a variety of career fields.
“There’s a lot of hospitality, a lot of sports and entertainment [jobs]. Those work very well in the app because there are a lot of one-off shifts,” explains Laura Turner, Managing Director of Shiftgig’s Tampa office.
The 6-year-old company operates in 15 cities nationwide, and is growing. An Orlando office is expected to open within two months.
It developed from of a Chicago job board for the hospitality sector, as the need to fill shifts grew.
Tampa’s office, which opened in February 2016, typically fills some 100 to 200 gigs from about 200 employers a day. Some 1500 have signed up as “specialists,” or employees, Turner says.
“Typically they work as much as they want to work. We have some specialists that piece together a 40- hour work week,” she says.
About 65 percent of its employees have full-time jobs and are looking to supplement their income. “The other 35 percent are people that are looking for full-time jobs but don’t necessarily want to work at the same place all the time,” Turner says.
About half of the workforce in Tampa are millennials. “The technology is attractive to them,” she says.
Shift jobs are available in warehousing and logistics, hotels, food and beverage, and general labor.
Jobseekers can apply online in about two minutes, Turner says. They receive an email in 48 hours inviting them to a group interview session. “Everyone goes through a criminal background screen,” she says.
Applicants can opt into a drug screen, which is required by some employers.
Shiftgig’s employees have varying education and experience levels. Sometimes they’re recruited on their college campuses when the colleges partner with Shiftgig. E-learning is available to enhance their skills.
Workers usually are paid weekly by direct deposit or a pay card functioning like a debit card. “We’ve actually just implemented an option that, if they want to be paid after each shift they work, they are able to opt into that,” she adds.
Employers can get the word out about openings quickly to a pool of qualified individuals. “Those shifts are picked up really quickly,” she says.
The company's Tampa office serves the greater Tampa Bay area including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee, Pasco and Polk counties.
Shiftgig was recognized in May by the Spend Matters website as one of 50 Providers to Watch, for the Contingent Workforce category.