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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 10:31

New marketplace aims to make hiring of tech staff easier

TechDirect co-founders Paula Barry and Sascha Kara. TechDirect co-founders Paula Barry and Sascha Kara. Supplied

IT talent marketplace TechDirect has created a space for tech services so that Australian businesses can connect, pitch to, and negotiate with more than 70 verified and reviewed tech contractors.

In a statement, TechDirect said it had launched the serves after its owners, Paula Barry and Sascha Kara, had found it difficult to find suitable tech staff.

Recruiters will get 20% of the candidate's first year of wages, along with an upfront fee.

“It’s 2019, and yet there’s still so much risk, money and time involved in finding a fantastic tech. TechDirect addresses these concerns,” Barry said.

“As we’re cutting out the middleman, our service helps saves companies money but also allows the tech to earn more for their work.

“There’s plenty of marketplaces out there already for once-off jobs or overseas developers. We’re targeting the gap in the market for helping companies find longer-term contract IT talent.

“We want to connect companies with the best tech talent that Australia has to offer, and help mitigate their risk in finding a tech for their needs.”

The marketplace works as under:

  • Companies first search for tech contractors based on their specialisation and location.
  • The search will bring up a list of professionals, ranked based on their relevance and past experience. They are also reviewed and validated based on their past work.
  • The company can then contact them to discuss the project.
  • The client then provides prospective hires with a detailed brief of what they are looking for, and a suggested rate.
  • Once the contract is agreed, TechDirect handles all of the invoicing and payment.
  • TechDirect charges 10% of the agreed hourly rate per hour for helping place talent and managing invoicing.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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