Job platform Workible has announced its partnership with WiC Group to expand its job reach to regional centres around Australia. Both companies have worked together to roll out 45 regional job sites to address the lack of access country residence have to local jobs.
“Regional Australia has certainly drawn the short straw when it comes to being looked after by job providers,” said Tim O’Brien, WiC Group founder.
For many residents in regional Australia poor access to jobs means they often leave their hometown and head to the cities in search of work.
The WiC Group, founded in 2011, has launched job websites and focus groups to strengthen local employment networks in regional Queensland. The partnership with Workible means both companies can leverage each other’s resources and give regional residents access to more job sites, helping both local employers and local job seekers connect.
“We’re aiming to remedy that with sites that specifically help locals connect with each other, especially when distance can be an issue,” said O’Brien.
Each of the 45 sites that both WiC Group and Workible have created are in various stages of roll out and include sites like JobsInTheIllawarra.com.au and remote areas like the Pilbara Riverina in Western Australia. The sites will cover all work types, from casual to seasonal jobs, and permanent full time work in all industry sectors.
The growth of Workible as a job tech provider has seen the company expand its software all over Australia and is now the largest connected network of job sites in the country.
“That means that anyone, anywhere can post a job to any platform in the Workible network and it will appear on the sites that are most pertinent to it,” said Fiona Anson, cofounder of Workible.
Workible’s mobile-first technology means job seekers have instant access and communication with employers when they’re not in reach of a computer. Anson says having access to everything via mobile devices is essential, especially for people in rural and regional areas.
“We’ve seen national clients in Melbourne post a job for a Newcastle-based role that appears on JobsInTheHunter, the Retail Network, Charlestown Square’s Job Network and Hunter TAFE’s job site as well as WorkibleJobs our own jobs marketplace,” said Anson. “The connectedness of our platforms means that jobs go the places where the right people will see them.”
Workible has also recently announced the launch of a rural specific job site called FarmJobs.com.au. The site lists jobs from the regional networks that apply to farm work, along with jobs specifically posted through the Workible site.
Recently the startup sector has seen regional areas begin to grow their tech communities to spur greater job growth and support local industries. In late April the Bega Valley launched a Regional Innovation Week as the first step in building the communities tech sector. The innovation week aimed to support local tech startups that may very well see the community create 1,000 jobs by 2030.
Australia has also seen regional innovation hubs launch in areas like Ipswich to connect entrepreneurs with tools and mentoring services to build up startup communities in regional areas.
With State and Federal governments mostly focused on the major cities, the launch of these initiatives have come for the most part through the work of the local communities themselves.
As technology continues to diversify so do regional communities in Australia. In an effort include these communities in the technology and innovation boom startup hubs and new job sites provide further support to regional areas and recognise the opportunity to drive innovation and build local communities.
Image: Fiona Anson and Ali Baker. Source: Supplied.