The Buildy online platform intends to make construction hiring easy by cutting out expensive middlemen and saving time and money for both employers and employees. Investment is sought to fast track the app and help Buildy on it's mission to become the top recognised brand in construction staff hiring.
Of the total UK workforce, 2.7 million are employed in the construction industry. A sub-contractor or tradesman's work can often be short term with a worker’s tenure averaging less than 1 year, but it is estimated that, over the next 5 years, 168,500 new jobs will be created. We believe that construction recruitment is falling behind other sectors for technology adoption and that there is scope for tapping into this UK marketplace.
From the agency model, which revolves around large commissions, to word-of-mouth, which can be quite time-consuming, we saw the opportunity to bridge the gap between contractors and tradespeople. Buildy will provide an end-to-end process and can help to keep costs low.
By streamlining the process through the automation of job matching algorithms, bidding for jobs, online chat, ratings, reviews and by giving tradespeople and skilled workers more control with a better user interface, the Buildy app aims to transform the employer’s chances of finding the right workers and making a successful hire quickly. Certificates and experiences are verified and timesheets and invoicing included. Plans are to scale up with more contractors and expand in the UK before going international.