Shiftgig, the premier online community for the service industry that enables bartenders, servers and other industry shift workers to connect, find jobs and be entertained, announced today it has opened a new office location in New York to provide New York businesses with an on-demand flexible workforce powered by Shiftgig’s network of service industry members and mobile technology platform.
Shiftgig, which launched its on-demand service in Chicago in mid-2013, selected New York as its next location due to the city’s vibrant restaurant scene and the thousands of businesses who already use Shiftgig to post jobs. Early New York clients have included Javits Center, Bank of America, Sullivan & Cromwell, Biz Bash Events, Sonnier & Castle Catering and Colgate Palmolive.
Early response has been extremely positive. Sara Gonzalez, general manager of corporate dining and conferences services at Bank of America, said: “I recently transitioned two accounts to Shiftgig and what a difference it has made! Shiftgig made it a point to understand the needs of my business in order to send the most suitable staff that not only performed expected tasks but added value to the operation. I’m very pleased I made the switch!”
Shiftgig’s on-demand platform provides a win-win for both businesses and workers. Businesses get quick access to vetted, tech-savvy workers for events and seasonal spikes in activity. Workers can pick from a variety of paying gigs and manage their own schedules.
“There are hundreds of thousands of people in New York who would like to supplement their income with additional shifts,” said Eddie Lou, co-founder and CEO at Shiftgig. “As the largest service industry community in the United States, we saw a great opportunity to help the many local hospitality, food service, and event businesses easily find and hire great staff.”
Workers who successfully enroll into Shiftgig’s on-demand service can access shifts on their mobile devices, where they will find many opportunities to make more money with the flexibility to choose when and where they work.
“Candidates love that they have the ability to pick and choose assignments through our mobile app that work best for their schedules,” said Michael Goldberg, Shiftgig NYC City Manager. “As a result, it has given us the ability to methodically tailor each team of workers to meet the demands of our clients and let them know with real transparency exactly who is confirmed for their assignments.”
“With better data, an enormous worker pool and superior mobile technology, Shiftgig has many advantages over traditional staffing agencies,” said Christian Rudder, a Shiftgig investor and president and co-founder of OKCupid. “Enabling businesses to staff more efficiently ultimately helps New Yorkers get more work opportunities and find greater independence.
Shiftgig is an online marketplace that connects workers with jobs. Shiftgig collects client requirements, worker skills, and real-time shift data to provide smarter and timely matches. With over 1,050,000 registered members and 25,000 businesses, Shiftgig has built the largest online community where members connect with business to access jobs and content in the restaurant, nightlife, hotel, and retail verticals. For more information on Shiftgig, visit www.shiftgig.com.