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Syft launches new app for hospitality and events

Syft has launched a new app, which, it says, provides a cost-effective recruitment solution for temporary workers in the hospitality and events industries.

Syft says the app is up to 65% cheaper than using traditional recruitment methods, due to online automated processes, and its simple interface allows employers to hire one or multiple workers of varied roles in a matter of minutes. In addition, the app allows freedom of choice and direct access between both employers and employees ensuring precision recruitment as the middleman is cut out. Syft handle all payroll and tax obligations, with the employer simply paying for the workers’ wages and any NI contributions via the app.

All job seekers are fully vetted and trained prior to being given access to Syft. Staff are rated according to specific skills sets, such as silver service or mixology, by the community of employers. Companies can also view workers’ previous roles and ratings by previous employers through Syft. The company say that these visible ratings mean staff are more motivated and engaged as these aid their search rankings on the app.

Syft pays workers more than the minimum wage. On average workers earn £9.25 per hour, which can rise up to £20 per hour for more experienced staff. Job seekers have the unique benefit of viewing potential employers and have complete choice over when, where, and how long they work for. Syft also provides access to free training, which it says helps workers to improve their existing skills sets and gain access to higher paid roles.

The app was created by co-founders Jack Beaman and Novo Abakare following frustrating temporary work experiences whilst at university.

Beaman commented, “Whilst at university I found it hard to believe that the recruitment agency employing me on behalf of top hotels were earning such huge fees on top of my wage, whilst providing the employer with minimal control and choice over the staff they received. Furthermore, I could not choose where or when I wanted to work. Combined with my years working in a tech start-up, I feel strongly that technology is set to have a huge impact across hospitality and recruitment and believe Syft is the app to kick start this.”

Syft officially launches this month, after previous soft launches in November and December. It is available to download for both iOS and Android.

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