Shiftgig Brings Technology to Mardi Gras Staffing

Shiftgig is a platform that makes it easy to pick up gigs by connecting vetted, hourly-based talent with job openings in the foodservice, hospitality, retail, warehouse and experiential marketing industries. The startup expanded to New Orleans over the summer and at that time was serving more than 1,000 clients across the country.

New Orleanians know how crazy Mardi Gras can be, especially in the tourism and hospitality industries. Some organizations turn to job fairs in busy times, while others turn to technology. Shiftgig knows that businesses in the area need extra staffing support during Mardi Gras.

“Shiftgig is designed to help connect companies with qualified people who want to work for short periods of time or shifts. Because of this, we are perfectly suited to help local businesses meet their Mardi Gras staffing requirements,” said Kim Smith, New Orleans General Manager, Shiftgig.

In January, Shiftgig employees or “Specialists” clocked more than 7,100 hours of work and that number is expected to increase by 50% throughout the month of February. They will be serving visitors at locations across the city this month, including Louis Armstrong Airport, staffing events, parties and balls at the Convention Center, Superdome, WW2 Museum, Gallier Hall, Board of Trade and Orpheum, hotels, and more.

“Shiftgig offers a reliable way for our business to fulfill its labor needs year round, and especially during Mardi Gras,” said Tessa Durbin, Production Manager, Pigeon Catering. “Their easy to use mobile app allows us to do everything from placing orders and managing timecards to providing performance feedback and hours reconciliation. It’s the perfect tool during this very busy time for our company.”

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