A Spanish company has moved ahead of Uber Works. While the international company is testing a temporary hiring platform in the United States, Alejandro Valero, a 29-year-old from Granada, has managed to create Busco Extra, which has attracted, with only six months with the final version, 19,000 workers and 1,300 companies that use this application for the employment of waiters and delivery drivers for hours. Its success has been promoted in the world by Google through its international blog and it has caught the attention of Financial Times.
"I was more lost than Marco on Mother's Day," jokes Alejandro Valero recalling his beginnings in Granada, a city he had to return to after the death of his father. "But I've always been an entrepreneur and I kept hearing about how many people are unemployed. I noticed that the agencies do not work for the current market, which may need people on holidays or at times when they are not operational. I also noticed that the employment pages were reinvented advertising boards or temporary work agencies (ETT) not very agile, "he recalls.
It was then that he noticed a sector with special needs. "In Spain there are 177,000 bars, more than in the United States. And the needs of personnel are very variable, "he says. He took his idea "in a pdf" to the Cruzcampo Foundation and joined the program Google Get active, where this designer with training in law learned the digital tools he needed to make his idea come true. The recognitions of the University of Malaga and Vodafone gave him the definitive impulse.
In a year and a half he has created the application with which Uber dreams and the final version takes only six months. However, in just one year it has managed to bill a million euros, a growth that has attracted the attention of large companies and with which Valero wants to be cautious.
BuscoExtra is a "market place", a market where hospitality establishments and workers seeking employment meet. Registration is free and only requires the necessary documentation for legal hiring and registration in social security. The bars and restaurants also incorporate specific requirements that they require. In this way, companies connect with available personnel within a half-hour radius, pre-accept the worker, process the digital contract and in 30 minutes can join.
An associated ETT It provides the necessary support so that the whole process is "legal" (one of Valero's obsessions), pays the worker and bills the innkeeper. "The time can be more expensive than if the hiring is done on its own, but a fixed expense that becomes variable is eliminated. The savings for the company more than compensates, "explains Valero. A scoring system that only workers and companies can access if the hiring has been effective allows both parties to have a scale to know if the job seeker or the entity that offers are valued.
"The system allows paying more and loyalty to users who want mobility. We work with big companies such as Burger King and with the Pepe bar, "says the manager.
Valero, who already has a team of 11 people in BuscoExtra, rejects union fears about this type of system because of the risk of increasing precariousness. "We professionalize the sector, we avoid illegal employment, the worker quotes even if he works an hour and we reject any company that does not comply with the legal requirements", argues the creator of the entity.
The success of the application in a sector as complex and diverse as the hospitality industry has led Valero to think about the expansion of the model to other sectors such as hotel or trade. They will also create their own ETT to reduce margins, pay the worker immediately by Bizum and try to improve conditions for all parties. "The temporary labor market is gigantic and there is a gap. We provide the fast and legal alternative that is needed, "he defends. Your goal, to provide a million working hours to the unemployed.