Fair Bid: Socially Responsible Recruiting

by Damian Coleman in 

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Fair Bid aims to level the playing field for non-profits, social enterprise and charities looking to recruit staff.

by Damian Coleman in

It's tough being fair... 

For thousands of Non-profits, not-for-profits, social enterprises and charities this is the sad fact.

In addition to trying to do the right thing, so often on a shoestring, non-profit organisations and individuals are also forced to recruit their staff and volunteers from the same competitive and cut-throat job market as everyone else.

This means they're easy targets for thousands of recruitment agencies who know full well they have no choice but to recruit on agency terms.

Skipping to the end, this means paying an extra 20% plus for every employee they hire...

We can't really blame the agencies either. The problem stems from the opaque and ever-shifting legislation that affects the job markets... and hey... if the only way these companies can get help is via temp agencies then why shouldn't they pay an extra 20%? After all, everyone else does...

This is all bad enough in itself, but public opinion, on which so many non-profits rely, is constantly shifting and recently charities et al have come under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Mismanagement of funds, director's salaries and questions over exactly what percentage of donations actually end up helping those in need.

Well, that's where fair bid comes in. Fair Bid is a socially responsible multi-sided platform dedicated to helping non-profit organisations escape the shark-tank of the commercial recruitment market and find the staff they need.


The idea itself is simple, organisations post their positions on the Fair Bid platform and agencies are invited to bid to place their most suitable candidates.

Because the system is 100% based online there are no hefty overheads and as we plan to remove an entire sector from the traditional job market... recruitment agencies will be forced to change their ways.

Fair Bid will operate via a simple registration fee and then it will be up to the recruitment companies to apply their famous salesmanship to win the contract...

With Fair Bid, the days of charities paying a third-party 20% of their employee's salary are over!

It works like this...

Fair Bid Members (recruiters and Non-profits) each pay a small fee to keep the business running. Anyone looking for new recruits places a job on the site under the appropriate section and invites recruiters to bid for those positions.  The whole thing is transparent and no one gets a fifth of any one's salary for finding the right person. 

If we are unable to hit our target, anything we do raise will go towards getting the platform off the ground, even it is a much leaner version.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£500 or more

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Fair Bid Founder

Founder As a founder, you'll automatically be one of the first members of this site. You'll not only be safe in the knowledge that you were one of the pioneers of Fair Bid... you'll also get a shiny badge telling the world how awesome you are. You can be an individual or a company either from the recruitment side of things of form the non-profit.

£10 or more

Fair Bid Backer

As a Fair Bid backer, you'll play an important role in the success of our project and you can be safe in the knowledge that you helped us to change the recruitment landscape forever for the entire non-profit sector. You'll also have our gratitude and your name will be proudly displayed on our founders' wall. You'll also be invited to our launch party where you can meet and mingle with our staff and other like-minded backers.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Swag, who doesn't like swag! T-shirts, pens, books, mousepads - they are all awesome! Invest £50 and you will get a couple of random items from the swag pile (items TBD)

£100 or more

£100 Reward

More Swag!! Pledge £100 or more and you will get the whole range of swag items we create!

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