eBay has been around for a long time now but it never ceases to amaze me that there are always people willing to buy almost anything.
Over recent years we've seen the proliferation of sites matching needs with goods/services and then more recently the onset of the "sharing economy" with the likes of Uber, Airbnb etc.
Despite some of the bad press these companies have picked up, as this article explains, this appears to be an expanding area, now moving to matching talent with opportunity as the traditional workforce structure becomes globalised, digitised and addresses the needs of Gen Y and Millennials for a different working life...
According to a report from professional services firm McKinsey & Company, online talent platforms stand to deliver $2.7 trillion to global GDP and increase employment by 72 million full time equivalent positions over the next 10 years. For Australia, the platforms are set to deliver up to $28 billion to Australia’s GDP by 2025, the report states. They are impressive numbers and a lot of it is predicated on how these platforms increase participation in the workforce.From websites linking individual resumes with job postings from traditional employers to digital marketplaces for services, such as Uber and Upwork, the opportunity lies in addressing the dysfunction in matching jobs and workers. Then there’s the issue of under-utilisation, with 30 to 45 per cent of the working-age population globally either unemployed or working only part-time.