Milwaukee, WI, October 01, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- A changing economy, the need for increased business flexibility and an ever-increasing supply of downsized baby-boomers too young for retirement has spawned a new jobsite putting skilled workers directly in touch with the companies that need them.
StarfishPeople.com, the brainchild of owner Desiree Pitman, is the only company exclusive job board for the consulting and contract-to-hire industry allowing employers and workers to negotiate directly.
Pitman, an Executive Recruiter for the past 15 years, wants to grow the largest community of consultants and contractors for her clients to choose from. “There are currently 10.3 million independent contractors in the United States and we want to give them a place to showcase their services and cast a larger net. There are also a lot of displaced workers that may become consultants or contractors.” Pitman says currently, most of the available consultants and contractors rely on using agencies or their own personal networks to find assignments.
Pitman says StarfishPeople.com was designed for the consulting industry but many of her clients are posting positions for permanent roles. The board covers a wide range of industries including manufacturing, finance, banking, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceutical, information technology, bio-technology, medical device and others. Its candidates are exclusive to the companies that register with it. “All of the other job boards post positions from staffing agencies and allow them access to the resume database. Because the lion’s share of revenue made by other boards is on the subscriptions by staffing companies, organizations often find themselves competing for the same talent as the agency they hired and ultimately doubling the cost of their hires.”
Pitman is marketing to a growing level of workers and hiring companies. The most recent figures provided by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) show about 30 percent of the overall workforce, some 42 million workers, are independent contractors, part timers and temporary workers. A recent MSNBC report concluded, “…in a faltering economy, the use of such workers makes sense.”
In addition to individual workers, Pitman believes StarfishPeople.com will also provide an edge to professional consulting firms seeking consultants, and for small businesses, limited partnerships and sole proprietorships searching for clients. The board is already in use by an impressive list of companies, including EMC Corp., Kohler, Bayer HealthCare, and Tushaus Computing Services.
StarfishPeople.com recently launched a new, expanded website, improving features and functionality for both employers and consultants. The site also links to valuable resources for both employers and workers.