Date
25 May 2017
Apart from the need to earn extra money, a desire for flexibility is one reason people seek part-time jobs. Photo: Facebook/Jobdoh
Apart from the need to earn extra money, a desire for flexibility is one reason people seek part-time jobs. Photo: Facebook/Jobdoh

How a freelance app is thriving in HK’s softening economy

Hit by sagging retail sales, falling home prices and soft global demand, companies are seeking cost-cutting measures.

Some employers are switching to part-timers to slash costs.

Meanwhile, more employees may need to moonlight to make ends meet.

This is the perfect environment for job-matching online platforms like Jobdoh.

“Things are getting more expensive, but salaries are hardly growing, so some people resort to freelance work as a solution,” Xania Wong, Jobdoh’s chief executive, told the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

The app primarily covers businesses like catering, promotion, market research and exhibitions.

There are also part-time openings for tutors, photographers and even professionals like accountants.

The app analyzes the job offerings and applicants to provide a proper match, saving time for users.

Employers and workers get to rate each other, and the score then serve as a reference for future searches.

The penalty and reward system is clear.

Applicants who are hired but don’t show up will be banned from the platform for three months if they do that twice.

And to protect the workers, Jobdoh will secure payment from the employers beforehand.

Although it is a part-time job platform, some users were able to find full-time jobs, based on their good performance during the freelance period.

Single mothers and ethnic minorities may also find Jobdoh helpful, as the platform is partnering with non-profit organizations in finding jobs with more flexible hours or jobs that suit those who don’t speak Cantonese.

Jobdoh has secured funding from two angel investors — Guru Online and PolyU Tech Launchpad Fund.

The startup is now expanding its services to Taiwan, where the language is similar and part-time jobs are also popular, with the support of its new investors.

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