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Major Staffing Company Kelly Services Turns to Blockchain With New Partnership

Global staffing company Kelly Services announced a strategic partnership with online blockchain-based hiring platform Moonlighting.

As Forbes reported on Aug. 14, Kelly Services will deploy Moonlighting’s blockchain-enabled hiring platform in a bid to streamline internal processes such as secure uploading of job seekers’ profiles and their distribution among various platforms. Moonlighting is based on EOSIO’s public blockchain and reportedly does not involve the use of a cryptocurrency.

Moonlighting CEO and founder Jeff Tennery told Forbes that the biggest problem with the gig economy is its fragmentation, wherein people have to keep logging over and over again into various websites and applications. Tennery continued:

“Kelly and Moonlighting are really collaborating to fix that problem so that people could be more efficient in the way they share their data so they can get hired. Blockchain just fits that very nicely, and then the control is really in the hands of the user.”

John Healy, vice president and managing director at the Office of the Future of Work within Kelly Services, stipulated that the collaboration between the companies could result in “some pretty significant market opportunities.” Healy said:

“We’re going to learn. We’ve got three of our business units today that are actively exploring how to leverage both the technology that Moonlighting has, as well as the business process that we’re delivering for our customers and for our workers to figure out where that best fit is.”

Are other companies ready to use blockchain?

A survey by Big Four audit company KPMG released in February showed that 48% of C-level executives believe that blockchain is likely to change the way they do business in the next three years. 27% of executives said that the Internet of Things will be one of the greatest blockchain disruptors over the next three years.

When asked about the possibility of implementing blockchain in their companies, 41% of respondents said they were likely to use the technology, 31% did not give a straight answer, while 28% said they were not likely to implement blockchain.

In June, research firm Data Foundation and IT firm Booz Allen Hamilton released a report examining the feasibility of blockchain implementation by the United States federal government.


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