The ups and downs of running a hospitality business include the mercies of the seasons. Then there’s staffing; it can be hard to find good staff in the first place, let alone the pressure of staff who are sick or just don’t turn up.

Until now, using a casual agency staffing was one solution, and no one knows these pressures better than the team at The Clifford Wallace Agency. They have been helping restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs with planning for staffing fluctuations since 1996. The agency also deals with last-minute calls to find emergency staff.

So it gave them the idea to build an app that finds staff at the touch of a button. What sets Instahire apart from similar apps is that it is designed specifically for emergencies. If you need someone right away to cover for a sick staff member or no-show, you can have them there within 60 minutes.

Using the knowledge and experience they developed as a casual staffing specialist, The Clifford Wallace Agency has taken the solution for staffing emergencies to the next step by providing funding and developing the Instahire app.

Instahire provides a new cutting-edge online solution on your smartphone that matches the emergency and casual staffing needs of your venue with available skilled front- and back-of-house staff.

As a business, once you’ve completed the online registration process, you can check using the real-time Uber-style map to see staff that are close by and logged on ready for work.

The search not only matches the skills of staff including waiters, baristas, bartenders, chefs, cooks and kitchen hands, but reassures you with verifications of employment and certifications (RSA, Food Safety, Working With Children).

Some staff elect to display their personality and creativity by uploading videos of their skills. A barista might show you his latte art; a chef might video the plating of his food; and if it’s alcohol you are after, you might even see a bit of cocktail shaking.

The Instahire app recently launched in Sydney and plans to move to other cities across Australia soon. The Clifford Wallace Agency continues to deliver quality hospitality professionals to a loyal and regular client list and is respected in Sydney as the leader in the industry.

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