Niels Arntz is co-founder of Temper, an intuitive, online marketplace where companies can connect with 300,000+ people who are available for temp jobs.
Temper was founded in 2016 and has grown into the largest platform for flexible working.
A new generation of workers wants work that fits their lives, not the other way around. More freedom and flexibility to determine when they work, for whom and why. They mainly consider work as a side income in addition to study, other work or starting a business. They want to be able to easily find their next shift online at the touch of a button, the same way we order food or book a holiday. They determine their own working hours, enjoy more variety and feel fit and energetic more often. They no longer have to dance to the rhythm of the boss and are most often satisfied with their work, according to research by CBS, TNO and countless other parties.
Temper offers clients the security of an extra flexible layer because they have quick access to affordable, good and motivated people online. Today, Temper is used by thousands of companies of all sizes, ranging from SMBs to multinationals. With just a few clicks, they can find a bartender, chef or barista for that shift that seems impossible to fill, or a salesperson, mover or forklift driver in case the regular worker is ill.
The current labor market is not geared to the desire for freedom and flexibility of this growing group of extra earners, so that leads to matching problems between supply and demand. And that is a shame, because in a future-proof labor market supply and demand come together efficiently. Niels is often in The Hague and Brussels to talk about this new way of working, trends in the labor market and policy directions.
Temper is a leader in the global shift economy. In the spring of 2022, for example, they had a world first with the very first automatic insurance against incapacity for work. Temp workers who decide to start working under contract for a client receive an apple pie. Furthermore, since 2018 Temper offers the opportunity to match volunteers with non-profit organizations from every sector, they encourage restaurants to provide training and workshops to work on skills and they have worked with a union for many years. These are just a few of the things Temper has done to make the labour market work better.
Niels speaks about the labour market, entrepreneurship and the platform economy.