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New Zealand - Job-match website testing the waters

07 February 2014

An online recruitment firm headed by a 23-year- old Australian who has already raised AUD $5 million (USD 4.48 million) for her business has expanded into the New Zealand market according to stuff.co.nz.

OneShift, founded by Gen George, was joint winner of the E-Business Award at the Australian Business Awards last year. Recruitment company, Programmed, bought a 27.5% stake in the firm in return for its AUD 5 million investment in October.

The company promotes itself as a "risk-free" way for employers to test the waters with online job ads.

Employers post vacancies and job-seekers supply OneShift with details of their skills and qualifications. An algorithm attempts to match the two. Employers can sift through details of any matches and then choose whether to pay a fee of AUD 30.00 (USD 26.84)to obtain the contact details of those candidates, along with the details of any candidates who respond to their job advert.

OneShift will offer the service free in New Zealand while it tries to build up a database of job seekers and vacancies.

Twenty-three thousand Australian employers have posted vacancies, and 250,000 Australians have submitted details since the site launched there in 2012.

Typically Australian employers could expect the algorithm to suggest about 50 candidates for each vacancy, George said.

George is the daughter of Australian businessman, Philip George, who initially bankrolled the venture.

OneShift has focused on casual work in the hospitality, retail, administration and finance industries, but George said about a third of its business now came from advertisements for permanent, white- collar work.

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