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Short-term recruiting was in urgent need of disruption until Red WigWam showed up

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Name: Red WigWam
Industry/sector: Recruitment
Date founded:  2014
Managing director: Scott Logie
Location: Liverpool

It is suggested that getting access to and managing the huge temporary workforce is potentially a logistical nightmare and costly in time, money, efficiency and productivity for both in-house recruiters and agencies alike.

The company explained: “The UK temporary recruitment industry is worth over £30bn, with around 2.5m people choosing to work in temporary jobs. This represents over five per cent of the UK’s total labour force and estimates predict that this way of working will increase by over ten per cent year on year for the next five years.

“At the same time, for those who want to work in part-time or temporary roles, finding the right hirer can also be a trial. Last year, over 1.2m students registered with their local job centre and expressed an interest in working. Yet only 800,000 of them were able to find jobs that fitted in with their studies.  

“Add to this returning mums who want to get a foot on the job ladder; people on benefits who want to supplement their earnings; recently retired people who don’t want to stop just yet; people who want to use the time they have between full-time jobs to make a bit if extra cash and you have a huge potential workforce looking to get access to temporary jobs.”

Red WigWam, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Mothership Group, which in turn was set up to fund and launch new businesses such as My Pet, My Perfect Shop and Pop It Up, was “prompted by the London Olympics and the trouble that Group 4 had in recruiting short-term staff to fulfil their contract”, the company explained.

This is only one of many examples that highlights exactly how under-valued and under-estimated the UK temporary market is. With this in mind, the aim has been to set up a company that would help people easily connect with businesses who want to source short term workers.

Since it started in April 2014, Red WigWam has been slowly building both the worker and hirer base and now have over 8,000 registered workers who are being booked by over 200 hirers.

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