Brigad’s on-demand staffing platform launches in London

Set to empower both businesses and qualified staff in the hospitality industry 

Brigad, the leading on-demand staffing marketplace for the catering and hospitality industry, has announced the launch of its platform in London. The company aims to tackle the main challenges facing recruitment with a simple and efficient solution for connecting institutions with verified and qualified professionals in just a few moments.

Since its launch in 2016, Brigad has provided restaurants, caterers and bars with instant access to a high-quality and vetted workforce for shifts ranging from a few hours to several days. With more than 90% of requests satisfied in less than five minutes, the platform is already a valuable HR ally for more than 1,000 establishments, such as Fauchon Receptions and Kayser in Paris and Lyon. To date, over 2,000 Brigaders have completed shifts via the platform.

Establishments and Brigaders in London are now able to experience the future of flexible working, by using the website or dedicated app. The company takes care of the full cycle – selecting and meeting all potential Brigaders, ensuring establishments save time and money. Brigad also handles the payment and invoice for both parties.

“The demand for staff is guaranteed to rise in London, with the likely fallout from Brexit expected to create a deficit of more than a million workers by 2029. Pressure on recruitment coupled with the natural turnover of the catering sector, are key factors for Brigad’s decision to launch in London” says Florent Malbranche, co-founder and CEO of Brigad“By removing the middleman and connecting establishments directly to professional workers, we aim to help businesses manage one of the main operational costs burdening the catering and hospitality industry.”

On the other hand, job seekers using Brigad benefit from the flexibility to choose when and where they want to work, among shifts they receive directly on the app. Brigad takes care of everything for them: the payment within seven days after the end of the shift and the invoice.

“We believe that Brigad sits at the intersection of freelance and permanent contracts. Whilst permanent staff are an asset to any organisation, there is always a requirement for temporary freelancers to counter short-term absence, increased business activity or a lack of experience amongst current staff. Brigad provides the ideal environment for establishments to interact with an experienced ecosystem of freelancers’’ concludes Florent Malbranche, co-founder and CEO of Brigad.

To date, Brigad has received a total of €6m funding from investors including Square Capital and 50 Partners.

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