Beam.com.au is a new specialised job portal that exclusively advertises flexible employment opportunities not always offered by mainstream marketplaces.
Founded by Victoria Stuart and Stephanie Reuss, who previously worked at Google and business advisory giant Corporate Executive Board said they were inspired to start the company after becoming parents themselves. They both saw how difficult it was for women to maintain leadership positions after having children.
The website, that’s still in its pilot phase, aims to tap in to the hidden workforce of stay-at-home parents by offering them work during school hours, with jobs starting at 9:30am and ending at 2:30pm.
“Look at the whole talent pool of amazing women who dropped out of the workforce and who have a wealth of knowledge that remains untapped,” Ms Stuart told Australian Financial Review.
“We said let’s prevent that from going to waste and think about how to mobilise those people to get back into the workforce.”
Beam is working with SMEs, including ticketing firm Eventbrite and female hygiene start-up TOM Organic, to offer parents high-level management and executives positions in temporary and part-time arrangements.
They’ve also secured $5845 in funding from the NSW government-backed “Jobs for NSW” initiative to help scale and grow the online marketplace.