Small and medium enterprise (SME) technology needs are suffering from a lack of skilled staff to plug ad-hoc gaps, according to Jobcube practice manager, Nicki Taitz.
Jobcube's One-day Expert program connects employer needs with a pool of experts on a freelance basis. Experts, including small service companies, register for free and employers are charged a percentage of the expert's fee.
"There are many small and medium-sized businesses out there that don't have the resources to throw at adequate information technology," Taitz said.
"At the same time, there are large numbers of skilled IT professionals looking for more flexible working patterns. Why not get these two groups together?"
Jobcube was established last year by two contractors who felt a lack of transparency in recruiter dealings led to disgruntled short-term staff.
"They weren't happy with the way recruitment companies were working," Taitz said. "They were getting overshadowed and there was more emphasis on the client rather than the contractor. They felt as if they weren't getting a fair deal."
Jobcube acts as a focal point for its expert community and offers forums, training information and free publications.
Popular skill sets include Web designers and developers using ASP.Net and Java, Taitz said. SME clients were also keen to access to senior consultants that were previously out of their price range.
"I think we are unique because when I speak to our candidates they are not aware of anything else like this," Taitz said. "Most companies in the market are concentrating on permanent or contract rather than flexible part-time."
Jobcube lists 2248 members and plans to eventually take the concept to other state capitals. It is on the look out for possible partners.