A major source of the trillion-dollar productivity gap in UK construction is the industry's fragmentation and cascading supply chains with poor transparency. earwig is a labour marketplace illuminating the sector’s multi-tiered and opaque hiring process, enabling companies and tradespeople to work with the best. Connected for the first time, self-employed tradespeople search jobs and publish detailed feedback about the performance of agencies, companies and worksites. By tapping into this growing pool of workers' knowledge, tradespeople can find out exactly what they're getting into before they get into it, championing great jobs, flagging bad ones and raising standards in the process. Meanwhile, companies (eg Balfour Beatty, Mace, Skanska, etc.) pay a subscription to access these worker-led insights to effectively audit their entire supply chains on a site-by-site basis. This allows companies to identify underperforming subcontractors and agencies, benchmark themselves against competitors and create top-rated working environments that attract the best talent. earwig's mission is to give all workers the information and tools they need to fulfil their potential. Looking ahead, once earwig becomes THE platform for establishing trust in the sector, earwig will invite workers to share information about themselves—their skills and aspirations—which they'll use to build digital portfolios. Workers will use these e-portfolios to win better work at better rates. In short, earwig aims to become the professional home for the 1 million+ temporary workers by combining reliable job information with a skills marketplace where they can access the latest tools, training and CPD. It's a big vision built on a simple principle: the whole sector will be transformed by workers publishing reviews.
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earwig was founded by Harrison Moore, a former electrician of 15 years who designed earwig to address the challenges he'd faced. Now, he's on a mission to help others with the initiative. earwig recently completed the Royal Society of Arts’ Economic Security Impact Accelerator as well as Bethnal Green Ventures’ Worker Tech for Good Accelerator. earwig has also been the recipient of a Do It Award from UnLtd - the foundation for social entrepreneurs. Following investments from InnovationRCA and BGV, 800+ workers have signed-up and earwig has landed pilots with Skanska and Willmott Dixon: two of the largest construction companies in the UK.