DUBLIN & PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Irish Government Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD, today welcomed the launch of a new feature called “Opportunities” on SkillPages, the skill based social network that has users in over 160 countries.
SkillPages launched the new feature to enable a better way of connecting people looking for skills to people who have those skills.
Speaking at the official opening of the company’s newly expanded headquarters in Dublin Minister Bruton said, “Today I am delighted to see in SkillPages the great success that can come from a combination of government support, partnership with universities and innovative people. We in Ireland must not only build on our traditional strengths to attract international companies here, but also learn from the highly innovative companies we already have here to drive a generation of Irish start-ups.”
Referring to the new feature, Iain Mac Donald CEO of SkillPages said that members can create an “Opportunity” detailing what skilled person they are looking for. Other members of SkillPages can then view these Opportunities, get presented with those that are relevant to their own skillsets and/or forward Opportunities to someone they know who might be interested.
“Thousands of Opportunities have already been created by members of SkillPages,” commented Iain Mac Donald. “These include people looking for skilled people for contract work, full-time employment and for one off occasions.”
The new feature is the culmination of extensive research by the R&D team in SkillPages with the assistance of CLARITY, the joint University College Dublin, Trinity College and Dublin City University computer science research initiative funded by Science Foundation Ireland.
Uniquely, people creating Opportunities on SkillPages can see how they are connected to respondents; such as if they have a mutual friend, went to school together or have some other real life connection. This enables people to do business with people they have a connection to and therefore, are more likely to trust.
Opportunities for people with skills in software, marketing, law, craft, construction, trades, business intelligence, finance and many more areas are currently live on the SkillPages platform and are available to be responded to.
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