Sunday, May 8, 2011

Aussie business wins coveted Webby Award for best employment website

AN Aussie business that claims to be the “eBay” of jobs was voted best employment website of the year by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences overnight.

Aussie website beat recruitment website to win both People’s Choice and Judges awards in the Oscars of the internet.

Freelance workers bid on dream jobs – which include everything from proofreading a novel to managing a company’s accounts - posted on the website by businesses from around the world.

“It’s just like eBay, but instead of buying and selling goods, you are buying and selling jobs,” said the website’s CEO Matt Barrie.

Bids have gone as high as $20,000 on some dream jobs, with $30 as the minimum starting price.

The website targets small business owners in emerging online industries such as web design, internet marketing and copywriting that rely on the internet to recruit temporary workers cheaply.

Sanjay Dange from India makes almost a million dollars a year building websites won on, and currently hires 80 of his own staff to meet rising demand.

Mr Barrie said he was “overjoyed” and proud of the achievements his company has made in just two years since it opened with one employee.

It has since grown to a staff of 85 primarily divided between its Sydney and Manilla offices, with the business of outsourcing online becoming increasingly popular as the demand for quality, low-cost labour grows around the world.

“ empowers entrepreneurs to start new businesses and, at the same time, helps [existing] small businesses get things outside their expertise done,” he said.

The CEO, who this year was crowned inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year, plans to continue expanding the site by setting up physical websites dealing in local languages with local support in as many countries as possible.

“We want to be the next eBay of jobs,” he said.

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