HRTechFeed reports that gigs.indeed.com first appeared in June. It said the site’s introduction could be a strategy to use the acquisition of U.K. temporary staffing app Syft by Indeed’s parent company, Recruit Holdings Co Ltd., in June. According to HRTechFeed, Indeed’s investment in gig-based recruitment may be a “look at their future plans for the U.S. market.”
Indeed has yet to confirm its intentions for the site, which appears to be in beta mode. A spokesperson told HCMTechnologyReport that the company “frequently tests products in an effort to improve the overall experience for job seekers and to make the process of hiring better overall.”
“Indeed Gigs is a product that we are testing to see if it provides value for our job seekers and employers who use Indeed to hire,” the spokesperson said. The spokesperson would not provide information about user feedback from the tests.
Currently, the site has around 650 jobs available in the U.S. and lets candidates browse jobs they can do from home, with a flexible schedule or that require a day shift. Job categories are predominantly focused on human services, media/arts and teaching.
The jobs on the site are also listed on the main Indeed site, which job board expert Jeff Dickey-Chasins thinks shows that Indeed is testing a custom skin, repackaging jobs for a specific market, to potentially launch a niche gig job site for freelancers.
The rise of the gig economy, in which candidates work a number of separate jobs linked to their skills, is a development in the recruitment sector that is likely to accelerate over the next few years.
At the recent Jobg8 European job board summit in London, it was estimated that full-time jobs are rapidly decreasing, replaced by candidates performing a range of different roles linked to their skillset.