Press Release: 27.09.2018
Australia’s leading temporary staffing platform Sidekicker has opened the doors of its new Melbourne office headquarters to the growing team across Australia and NZ–revealing a brand new staff centre to be used for interviewing, skills testing, onboarding and training the 400+ applicants who come through their doors each week hoping to pass the test to become a ‘Sidekick.’
The spacious office was nabbed to also support their ever-growing engineering, product, sales & marketing, and operations teams, which has doubled in the past year.
Sidekicker launched in 2012 and now has offices across all major cities in Australia and New Zealand, including Melbourne (headquarters) Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland, with the company also supporting Geelong, the Gold Coast and Wellington.
The rapidly scaling company, backed by global employment giants SEEK, uses technology to empower businesses to hire ‘Sidekicks’ for casual work in industries including events, business support, hospitality, manual labour, promotions and retail.
Its list of customers includes Uber, Airbnb, Deliveroo, Eventbrite, News Corp and The Rydges.
Victoria’s Minister for Trade & Investment, Innovation, the Digital Economy and Small Business- Hon. Philip Dalidakis was present for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Hon Minister noted that two and a half years ago when he first met Sidekicker, there were only 10 full-time staff in the team in Melbourne and Sydney and 2000 Sidekicks finding work on the digital platform. Today, there are over 65 full-time staff across 5 cities in Australia and New Zealand and over 11,000 Sidekicks working for over 5000 businesses.
He added that Sidekicker was a promising company back in 2016, but had now proven that “the world really is your oyster.”
CEO and Co-Founder Tom Amos said “Our customers and Sidekicks are the reason we get up everyday- it’s the reason we’re building our technology and trying to grow our business.”
He explained, “What really matters at the end of the day is the connections we’re making–from empowering Sidekicks to choose when and where they work, to giving businesses access to a workforce that allows them to be more flexible and agile in their operations”
“It’s an honour to have the Minister here with us today, he has been an incredible voice for the startup community of Victoria. The work that the Minister does for our sector in championing innovation and technology makes our jobs as founders and business leaders a lot easier when you have a thriving ecosystem of talent, funding and peers to support business growth.”
On what’s next for Sidekicker, Amos said “We are going to continue to invest in our teams and offices, build better systems to ensure our Sidekicks have more working opportunities and we are going to invest in our onboarding centres and our training centres for Sidekicks.”