Rocket-backed on-demand staffing platform UShift launches in Singapore

Asia Pacific Internet Group (APACIG), a joint venture between German e-commerce investor Rocket Internet and Ooredoo, a Qatar-headquartered telecommunications company, has started a new business UShift in Southeast Asia.

UShift, an on-demand staffing platform, has launched its services in Singapore, the company said in a statement. Founded in 2017 by Robinson Blanckaert and Philippe Benedetti, the startup connects employers with locally available hourly workers.

“The market for on-demand staffing is growing and with UShift, we now have a convenient solution that will make the life for companies and hourly workers easier, said Hanno Stegmann, CEO of APACIG.

UShift focuses on sectors like hospitality, events and retail which need a fluctuating demand for staff. It does not take any commission from workers. They can create their profile with professional experience, education, and availability. It also allows users to put their one-minute video to introduce themselves.

“There are lots of different job listing platforms out there but when you are looking for short-term jobs, there is no place to go. The usual hiring process can take up to several weeks. If you manage a restaurant during high season, you might need from the next day on up to ten additional waiters to meet the workload. Ushift allows its clients to find the right candidates in a fast and convenient way,” said Robinson Blanckaert.

APACIG was founded in 2014 and the group has a network of 16 e-commerce and online marketplace companies.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.