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App to Help Social Care Staff work Flexibly

App to Help Social Care Staff work Flexibly

Health Tech World Published November 19th, 2021

Social care jobs marketplace Outt.com is developing an app to make it easier for UK social care staff to work where and when they want. CEO at Outt.com, Steve O’Brien, said the app will allow workers to choose their shifts, their rate of pay and when they get paid.

Care workers will also be able to speak with advisers 24/7 who will help them get better pay, more flexibility and improved their rights.O’Brien, said: “The social care sector is in the middle of a staffing crisis, over the past 18 months our team has been developing new technology to provide a real solution.“As a technology powered, people-based business, we thought it appropriate to crowdfund our launch into the market, offering the very people we aim to help an opportunity and a chance to shape the business. “This is a real chance to own shares in the business they work in and have a say in it’s future.

“We know how conventional care agencies work. We know how difficult it is because we’ve been there, and we know how many incredible social care professionals work crazy hours for low pay. This new online agency has been designed to support these workers who are the heart and soul of the care industry.

“Working with Outt.com will allow workers to choose the shifts they want to work at an agreed rate of pay and they can even choose when they get paid. Our ethos is about getting care professionals the pay and rights they deserve.

“The team at Outt.com continue to campaign on the behalf of care workers on the sleep-in pay debate, earning above minimum wage hourly rate, tax breaks for key workers and the flexibility to support a healthy work/life balance.

“At Outt.com we provide as much of this as possible, but want to ensure every care worker has access to improved rights and working conditions.”

In order to launch the app OUTT.com is asking investors to support the initiative via CrowdCube. The CrowdCube platform is regulated by the FCA and supports beginners and experienced investors to buy shares from as little as £10 to support Outt.com launch the app into the care industry.

OUTT Bucks The Trend To Create 5000 New Social Care Jobs

OUTT Bucks The Trend To Create 5000 New Social Care Jobs

In a move to challenge the misfortune of 2020, the social care temporary recruitment app OUTT is creating over 5000 new social care jobs in 2021.

Where many industries have endured shock waves of redundancies and business closures, social care remains vibrant, but as a sector, continues to be blighted with double-digit vacancy levels.

OUTT is a newly launched digital temporary recruitment app, backed by a share of £50 million InnovateUK funding. This valuable governmental support has aided the speed of development, the goal to increase post Covid employment opportunities and fill temporary shift vacancies quickly. OUTT sidesteps the need for traditional agency support by allowing the employer to connect directly with suitable candidates at a much-reduced cost.

5000 new social care jobs

By matching candidate availability with employer demand, the app removes barriers to employment. It offers complimentary skills training to support returning social care workers who wish to refresh their knowledge, meaning that flexible opportunities are available for those feeling the impact of the COVID-19 jobs crisis.

Recognition from InnovateUK cements the status of this new digital recruitment concept as part of the drive to regenerate the UK. The awarding body grants funding to businesses at the sharp end of accelerated innovation, with OUTT selected as an app that facilitates faster staff appointments and a dynamic way to meet workforce demand.

While agencies and contingent staff have long been the backbone of UK social care, OUTT confronts this unpredictable reliance. It introduces a contemporary way of working that reduces the time and cost constraints associated with agency fees, with additional opportunities for professionals to gain recognition through an employer review base to help them develop skills, experience, and knowledge.

Steve O’Brien, OUTT Founder & CEO, says, “Our initial concern was addressing the growing shortfall in social care keyworkers across the UK, then COVID-19 simply changed the way we all live and work. This allowed OUTT to embrace the change and fast track the social care sector into the 21st century. Our aim is to provide 5000 new social care jobs in 2021.

In addition, agency worker rights are too often tarnished with negatives such as workers charged for payroll or forfeiting holiday pay; this practice has got to stop. Technology provides social care with a transparent platform where candidates can take control and get the pay they deserve.”

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As a vital component to the successful recruitment app, OUTT delivers full compliance testing protocols, with verification processes more usually aligned with banks and credit cards, thus increasing hiring speed and enabling rapid deployment where needed. This has never been more essential, especially with the changing legality of self employed worker through IR35, where the liability firmly lies with the end hirer. 

It is anticipated that, as demand for social care roles, homecare services, care homes, homelessness provisions and mental health services continue to skyrocket, digital innovation will provide the key to meeting those needs in a way that benefits the sector as a whole.

About OUTT

London based OUTT is a next-gen social care temporary recruitment app born from the COVID-19 pandemic. This UK Government-funded project provides a rapid route back to work for the UK, with expedited registration and compliance technology.

Registering with OUTT delivers opportunities for social care professionals to find work, build a review base, gain free skills training, and to take back control of where, when, and how they work.

Workforce managers have the opportunity to reduce overheads, fill vacancies quickly, plus significantly cut costs.

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation.

For more information, visit www.innovateuk.ukri.org

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