Jay Smith, Etpm recruitment manager

MARINE and subsea recruitment firm Etpm has secured a new venture with a Glasgow based start-up company.

Nudge Exchange has developed a platform to connect agile companies with a flexible workforce.

The technology being developed digitalises the process from engagement through to payment and by using artificial intelligence enhances efficiency and user experience.

Nudge Exchange’s concept is currently going through the Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s TechX accelerator, a 16-week commercialisation programme to ensure it is ready for launch early next year.

Etpm has been delivering offshore crewing services to the subsea and marine industries over the last 13 years and to date has followed the traditional agency recruitment methods.

But with the use of contracted staff predicted to grow substantially by 2023-2024, the company aims to be one step ahead with its joint collaboration.

Jay Smith, Etpm recruitment manager, said: “With the wealth of knowledge shared between both companies and our diverse experience, we can give this joint venture the capability to stay ahead of the curve and combat and adapt to any future challenges that the recruitment market can present to us.”

Darren Nicol, Nudge Exchange founder, added: “As a tech start-up this is a fantastic opportunity for us to work in partnership with Jay and the team to test and validate our AI technology.

“We are in the age of digital transformation and our aim is simple, to use technology to make things easier for those looking for their next project in oil and gas or the growing renewable sector.”

Etpm expects to launch the new technology to clients and contractors by Q1 2021.