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Workactiv's French Connection Creates Chance of Desirable Working Holiday

2009-07-28

July 28, 2009, Press Dispensary. One lucky worker will be taking some French leave this summer – thanks to a new website called Workactiv.co.uk which helps people use their time and skills constructively.

The site was set up to match workers with people who need someone to do a job and has been described as a cross between eBay and the Scouts’ Bob-a-Job Week.

Jobs listed on the site often involve everyday tasks such as gardening, maintenance and clearing rubbish, or larger projects requiring professional know-how. But it can also be used to find a suitable person to tackle any one-off job.

An Anglo-French family has recently selected Workactiv.co.uk to recruit somebody to go on a working holiday and build a log cabin in Chabris, central France. They’re offering board and lodging to the successful bidder, plus plenty of time off to explore the area, and even £100 cash.

Workactiv's founder is Mike Kellond, the boss of a hi-tech and highly successful touch-screen hardware and software company, based at Wootton Bassett, near Swindon.

He says: “This appeal from France is great because it epitomises what Workactiv.co.uk is all about, and shows that we don't have to be restricted by borders when applying to do useful tasks. I expect lots of people have decided to stay at home in Britain this summer, and I would like to think that opportunities like this one will encourage them to think again.

"It could really suit somebody down to the ground, and I’m almost tempted to bid myself!"

He adds: "We're still developing the site and already have several hundred people signed up. There's a small army at the ready, waiting for tasks to complete - so if anybody has any jobs that need doing, come to Workactiv.co.uk ."

Workers who register with Workactiv earn points for completing jobs satisfactorily, and these points are used to show they are trustworthy when bidding for subsequent jobs - just like members' ratings on eBay. Workactiv ratings could also provide an indicator of people’s employability when included on a CV, and could show that teenagers were proactive in seeking jobs before moving into full-time employment.

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Notes for editors
Mike Kellond is the founder and managing director of Data Vision Europe, which manufactures and supplies coin and card-operated touch-screen terminals and software. Its clients include McDonald’s, British Telecom, Virgin, London Transport and The British Museum.

For further information, please contact:
Mike Kellond, founder
Workactiv.co.uk
Tel: 01793 855366
Email:
Site: www.workactiv.co.uk

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Mike Kellond, founder
Tel: 01793 855366
Email:
Site: www.workactiv.co.uk

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