GigNow is an online platform designed by EY as a virtual meeting space between the needs of specialized human resources employers and the top specialists available, capitalizing the demand and supply process in the workforce area, in today's conditions dominated by maximum flexibility and adaptability. The EY GigNow platform provides independent specialists access to a wide range of projects in business consulting, transaction assistance, insurance and tax assistance, as well as in the area of IT and technology related to the business area.
The GigNow Platform is an EY tool that responds to current labor market developments and the need for agility on the talent market by capitalizing on the benefits of technology-enabled facilities.
Speaking about the current global trends in the labor market, Bogdan Ion, Country Managing Partner EY Romania and Moldova and Chief Operating Officer for Central and South-Eastern Europe and the Central Asia Region, mentions: "In our area of professional services, the value chain of human capital has already changed into a hybrid structure that includes a constant interaction between full-time employees, near-shore or off-shore employees, external contractors and technology processes. Generally, companies tend to become a flexible community of permanent employees and contractors temporarily involved in projects. Companies will hire the person who has the necessary skills at that time for that project. Age will no longer be a criterion for employment, but will take account of competencies ideal for ongoing projects. We also anticipate a competition between companies to provide opportunities for learning and development. "
The GigNow Platform is open to anyone interested in working on projects developed by EY or its clients, either in the project country or from a distance, having the opportunity to contract a project, to cover a specific competence or to join company in a period of seasonal increase in workload.
The duration of projects may vary from 3 to 12 months, with the possibility of hiring an independent specialist for a longer period. To gain access to GigNow platform projects, candidates must register and apply for open projects.
The advantage of the platform is that it offers candidates both the option to choose their own contracts for which they want to apply and the possibility to work with a dedicated recruitment team to identify the right projects.
"GigNow brings the flexibility and autonomy that today's people need. After the economic crisis of 2008, when some of the employees lost their jobs, most active people became freelancers. Meanwhile, technology, labor mobility and generational change have accentuated the phenomenon. In EY, it is already clear to us that when there is a need to manage a workflow, we do not automatically think about hiring, but we are considering a mix of options that include: part-time employees, full-time, centers of excellence, robots, contractors. The GigNow platform launched by us facilitates both transparency and agility in the interaction between the company and contractors and aims to meet the need for ever more robust flexibility in the labor market. Companies that are still reserved to use other forms of collaboration need to take into account that the supplier-client relationship can co-exist alongside the employee-manager, sometimes with major productivity gains, "said Andreea Mihnea, HR Director EY Romania and Moldova and South East Europe Talent Leader.
The GigNow platform now also provides global access for top freelance Romanians to top projects, and EY joins the initiative of organizations that support and promote the flexibility of work. At the same time, EY aims to identify talent resources that will connect them to the opportunities offered by the platform's projects.