TheHIVE staff sharing solutions
Frequently asked questions
The FAQs section below attempts to answer all important and common questions on TheHIVE staff sharing solutions.
TheHIVE Enterprise is an online B2B staff-sharing gateway. It facilitates loaning pre-vetted professionals through a partnership agreement between non-competing businesses.
TheHIVE promotes B2B collaboration. It resolves a technical resourcing problem for one business, by turning it into a business opportunity for another. This helps secure jobs and supports business growth and sustainability.
Our staff-sharing solutions are delivered through a safe and efficient digital environment that protects clients’ interests.
Once you register your interest, TheHIVE uses the information you provide to match you with the right business partner. We then invite you to a 3-way meeting with them to discuss and agree on the project terms.
This is concluded by signing a B2B Services Agreement that stipulates the secondment of shared staff and defines the deliverables, timeframe, costs, and flexible working terms that suit your needs and protect your business interests.
Registering and browsing your options on TheHIVE is totally free. We charge a no-win no-fee 10% matching commission. This is applied on any revenue the offering party generates.
This means that hiring through TheHIVE doesn’t cost the hiring party any extra charges, and offering parties are not charged unless they win projects and generate revenue.
A minimum fee of £199+VAT per overall project applies.
TheHIVE is not a recruitment agency. Instead, it offers an alternative flexible recruitment service that solves temporary resource-management problems for businesses.
Engaging with TheHIVE is not much different to hiring a consultancy or signing a contract with a recruitment agency. The difference is that we match, vet and prepare the legal platform for the linked companies to work together. Using economies of scale and automation, and leveraging optimisation through data, we deliver our service more reliably and cost-effectively.
TheHIVE model works for virtually any business. The main benefit comes in sharing white-collar workers.
At present, we mainly support UK-registered firms, with a focus on technology, design & marketing, financial services and admin support.
We identify a broad range of specialists that can work across different (and non-competing) industries. These include experts in IT, software & web development, project management, cybersecurity, health and safety, data management, blockchain, quality assurance, and many more.
For example, IT and software development skills and resources are equally essential in FinTech, education and logistics.
TheHIVE offers all businesses a safety net without any up-front cost.
Instead of relying on hit-and-miss freelancers, or on contractors that come at a premium through recruitment and umbrella agencies, TheHIVE allows businesses access to the highly sought-after experts (pre-vetted and trained by their parent company) through a services agreement signed with a pre-vetted business, with whom you can establish a partnership for long-term collaboration. Staff are hired out at affordable rates that are comparable to full-time market rates.
This balance of (a) reliable, (b) affordable and (c) flexible resourcing is what makes this proposition so attractive in managing the demands of the new workplace.
If times are hard and your business experiences a lull in workload, TheHIVE can drive interesting projects your way. This helps you avoid laying off skilled and loyal workforce, while increasing your company revenue as staff costs are shared with another, non-competing company.
Beyond vetting resources and matching companies, we prepare a bespoke (and optional) B2B services agreement for the 2 matched companies to sign.
Throughout the duration of the contract, we monitor its progress and provide non-binding recommendations in cases of failure, dispute, extension or renewal.
We don’t manage the project deliverables, allowing us to offer competitive matching rates (although this option can be available as an add-on).
We carry out non-intrusive due diligence on any clients we on-board. This involves financial (published annual records) and non-financial aspects (such as history of project delivery, online records, and the skills and qualifications of staff on offer).
The portal generates a dynamic “confidence” score that ensures a “good fit” in matching clients; and our vetting team further validates matches before presenting them.
Simply visit our homepage and click on “Get started” to fill up our online form. Our team will then contact you to guide you through the on-boarding process and set up a secure portal account for your business. Once a client that matches your requirements is identified, you are immediately notified.
Whoever submits the request needs to be a decision maker in the company and will become our primary point of contact.
No. The agreements are all B2B.
Let’s face it. Businesses are more trusted and reliable when it comes to protecting information and employees’ interests. There’s more at stake.
Through TheHIVE, assigned staff are treated as extended resources to the hiring party. Matched clients agree on how that is managed when the contract is signed (including personnel management, location of work and time availability).
TheHIVE is a free lifeline that businesses can use to help retain staff they invested in training and developing. This improves their overall job security.
Furthermore, TheHIVE is a cost-effective route for developing and up-skilling staff, not only for those offered to other businesses, but also for hosting teams.
Considering that career progression is often held up by lack of funds or the opportunity to develop, TheHIVE immediately addresses this by offering new skill development opportunities which also generate revenue that funds staff training and progression. In fact, the feedback we collected suggests that many employees wouldn’t mind being part of new projects with other companies. This change in work environment can be refreshing and it broadens skills and drives innovation.
TheHIVE is designed for consenting employees to take part in a resource-sharing project. This maintains staff interest at heart as it contributes to funding their job security, career progression and development. We believe this is a great way to develop a sense of ownership that strengthens team spirit within an organisation.
At all cases, we believe that potential resistance from employees is perfectly normal, considering the change and “new” concept TheHIVE brings. Our recommendation is that clients offer their resisting staff the chance to fully understand and appreciate what staff-sharing offers them and the company. Clarifying what risk belies upon staff and how the company manages it would ease any valid concerns.
We trust that you share our stance in not encouraging nor tolerating any cases of employees being “forced” to work on any project, especially outside the scope defined in their contractual obligation with their parent company. To avoid ambiguity, this matter remains the sole responsibility of the parent company employing them and hiring them out. Neither TheHIVE nor the hiring party are liable over any cases of such violation. Our offered B2B contract template captures such obligations.
Broadly speaking, our terms manage two main things:
- The “business requirements” information you share with us
- The details of the “match” we present to you
Let’s make it crystal clear. Without your consent, we will never share non-public information you provide us with to any 3rd parties. Full stop.
When a match is presented to you, this is the fruit of our hard work. While our terms don’t bind you to agree to what we present, they simply prevent you from using such information to generate revenue or save costs without compensating us. Still, we have included some useful “exit” clauses, including the option for clients to free themselves from the above obligation by concluding an optional “exit fee” payable to TheHIVE.
Beyond the match, the involved parties are legally bound by whatever terms are included in their B2B contract. As is standard, such a contract protects against loss of IP and employee poaching. It also manages failure or delays relating to services and payments.
The risk involved in our service model is very low. In fact, it is no different to that associated with a conventional B2B outsourcing setup, where sharing some commercially sensitive information is necessary for delivering the job (e.g. technical drawings or financial transactions). The B2B contract includes the necessary NDA terms that protect your business interests.
Your disclosure of any sensitive information to TheHIVE is protected by the Order Form T&Cs you sign when a match is confirmed. The same applies to other clients we match you with. Hence, we act as the secure hub with legally-sound channels of information-sharing.
When an initial match is confirmed, we only share minimal and preliminary information (excluding company and people’s specific details, such as name and location) until you give us the go-ahead to share more.
Assuming you are not engaged in any service contract with another client, you can call it quits at any time without incurring any fees.
You can request for any personal, commercially specific and sensitive information we may hold to be permanently erased.
One condition remains applicable, of course, is your commitment to not engage in any resource, talent or staff-sharing work capacity with any clients we introduce you to after exiting (except where an “exit fee” has been concluded).
Governmental job retention schemes can support businesses in tough times up to a level (e.g. 80% of wages, capped at £2,500 pcm). Furloughed staff are idle, and this taxpayer-funded option is not sustainable on the long run.
Sharelough, on the other hand, allows a struggling business to avoid unwanted redundancies by hiring out its staff, on flexible terms, to a non-competing business that covers the cost of their wages (uncapped). This further offers the individual the opportunity to learn and develop their skills while contributing to their job security.
Do you prefer to speak to us?
We are not another bot-driven service. Our team is keen to speak to you and explain how our business model can serve your project needs.