Serial tech entrepreneur Madoda Khuzwayo has developed Hiring.ly, an online job portal designed to give employers a platform to source, track and manage talent recruitment.
Hiring.ly seeks to set itself apart through matching eligible candidates & employers through a range of psychometric, cognitive & aptitude filters to improve employers chances of placing the right candidate.
“The future of jobs” continues to be a hot topic locally amidst on-going conversations regarding the 4th industrial revolution. South Africa’s unemployment crisis faces multiple challenges including a large base of un(der)employed youth and a recent spate of retrenchments seen across multiple sectors. Looking at the types of skills employers are looking to recruit in line with increasing digitisation, Lyndy van den Barselaar, managing director for ManpowerGroup SA states, “while 38 per cent of organisations say it is difficult to train in-demand technical skills, 43 per cent said it is even harder to teach the soft skills they need such as analytical thinking and communication. Candidates who can demonstrate higher cognitive skills, creativity and the ability to process complex information, together with adaptability and likeability, can expect greater success throughout their careers.”
Early this month, Stats South Africa has released their latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey, indicating a 0.5 per cent increase in unemployment, bringing the official unemployment rate to 27.6 per cent, the highest figure since Q3 2017.
“Employers can use Hiring.ly to source talent not only by location, education or experience” said Khuzwayo “but also through assessing elements such as problem-solving skills, communication skills & cultural fit. My vision is to create an intelligent hiring automation platform that helps employers hire smart.
“The South African government has already committed to scrapping work-experience for entry-level positions at state institutions, we can expect to see this trend continue as the skills organisations require evolve with the times” said Khuzwayo. “We have placed over 200 jobs with several SME & medium size enterprises since going live early 2019 and are rolling out automation-based hiring processes that eliminate the need for recruiters to perform routinized tasks. Getting this solution right for small businesses is critical, as existing solutions are exclusive to SMEs due to high price points and outdated feature sets. Hiring.ly allows employers to focus on tasks that require human creativity and reduces the cost of talent acquisition for SMEs” Khuzwayo concluded.