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A Spanish entrepreneur is well ahead of Uber Works and creates a platform of temporary employment

A Spanish company has gone Uber Works. While the company's international test platform of temporary hiring in the united States, Alejandro Valero, a granada-bo

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A Spanish entrepreneur is well ahead of Uber Works and creates a platform of temporary employment

A Spanish company has gone Uber Works. While the company's international test platform of temporary hiring in the united States, Alejandro Valero, a granada-born 29-year-old, has managed to create BuscoExtra, which has attracted, with only six months with the final version, to 19,000 workers and 1,300 companies that use this application for the employment of waiters and delivery boys for hours. Its success has been touted in the world by Google through its blog international and has attracted the attention of the Financial Times.

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“I Was more lost than Marco on mother's day,” jokes Alejandro Valero as he recalled his early days in Granada, a city that he had to return after the death of his father. “But I've always been entrepreneurial and would not stop hearing about how many people are unemployed. I observed that the agencies do not serve the current market, you may need people on holidays, or at hours that are not operational. I also noticed that the pages of employment were bulletin boards, reinvented or companies of temporary work (ETT) little agile,” he recalls.

it Was then when she noticed a sector with special needs. “In Spain there are 177.000 bars, more than in the united States. And the needs of staff are very variable,” he says. Took your idea “in a pdf” to the Cruzcampo Foundation and joined the program Google take part, where this designer, with training in law learned the digital tools needed to make reality your idea. The awards of the University of Malaga and Vodafone gave the final impulse.

In a year and a half has created the application with the dreams of Uber and the final version takes just six months. However, in just one year has managed to bill a million euros, a growth that has attracted the attention of large companies and the that Valero wants to be cautious.


BuscoExtra is a “market place”, a market, where you will meet hospitality establishments and workers seeking employment. The registration is free and only requires that you provide the documentation necessary for the legal recruitment and the high social security contributions. The bars and restaurants also incorporate specific requirements that you require. In this Trbet way, businesses connect with staff available in a radio of half an hour's walk, preaceptan the worker, are dealing with the contract digital and in 30 minutes you can join.

Alejandro Valero.

A TTE associated provides the necessary support so that the whole process is “legal” (one of the obsessions of Valero), pay the worker and invoice to the innkeeper. “The time can come out more expensive than if hiring is done on own account, but to delete a fixed expense becomes variable. Saving the company more than offsets,” explained Valero. A scoring system that can only be accessed by employee and company if the recruitment has been effective allows you to have both parts of a schedule to know if the job applicant or the entity that you supply are valued.

“The system allows us to pay more and increase loyalty to the users who want mobility. We work with large companies such as Burger King and the bar Pepe,” said the officer.

Valero, which already counts with a team of 11 people in BuscoExtra, rejects the misgivings of union on this type of systems because of the risk of increasing casualisation. “Profesionalizamos the sector, to avoid the illegal employment, the employee is listed even if it works one time and we reject any company that does not comply with the legal requirements,” argues the creator of the entity.

The success of the application in a sector as complex and diverse as the hospitality industry has led Valero to think of the expansion of the model to other sectors such as the hotel or the trade. It is also going to create your own ETT to reduce margins, to pay the worker immediately by Bizum and try to improve the conditions for all parties. “The market of temporary work is gigantic and there is a gap. We provide the alternative fast legal and that is accurate”, he argues. Its goal, to facilitate a million hours of work to the unemployed.

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