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Jobswap.com

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So, you're a TIG welder living in Basingstoke, but your job is in Portsmouth.

There's probably also a TIG welder living in Portsmouth, whose job is in Basingstoke.

Jobswap.com is a matchmaking service which allows pairs of people to connect, based on their home address, their work address and their skills and qualifications.

When a good match is found, the website provides a portal through which the two employers and two employees can negotiate a job-swap, so that both employees are saved a cumbersome commute.

Aside from being environmentally friendly, there's also the option for financial benefit (reflecting the cost savings of shorter commutes) which can be split between the employees and employers.

MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 18 2013

The Great Switcheroo http://en.wikipedia...he_Great_Switcheroo
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       That last part doesn't sound fair, unless the employers pay part of the commute expenses? If the employees pay it, then you would have the employers taking income away from the employees. Why should they bother switching jobs if their incomes would go down?
Vernon, Dec 18 2013
  

       If I had a 2hr commute every day, and I had the opportunity to swap jobs and have a 15min commute for a little less money, I'd take it.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 18 2013
  

       The employer needs some incentive, I'd imagine, to allow this.   

       Alternatively, you could swap houses, or wives...
RayfordSteele, Dec 18 2013
  

       Conceptually a good idea, but I would suggest most jobs would not be fungible to that level.   

       That is the person in Basingstoke gets paid a little more, and the person in Portsmouth knows some tricks for his daily routine that make let him complete piecework a little faster, and the swap would make both less productive.
MechE, Dec 19 2013
  

       Yes, true in some circumstances. But that's the aim of a "matchmaking" service.   

       Consider teachers - some of them commute considerable distances (most of those I know commute over 50 miles, which is madness), yet there are roughly equivalent schools teaching similar curricula in every town, and paying teachers on similar payscales.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 19 2013
  

       Single people don't do this do they? I walk 10mins, 12 if I get a coffee. It's usually a marriage-based issue. I have many friends who commute silly amounts of time/distance, it's mainly because that one long commute allows the spouse to stay put, usually with a kid or two, usually within a small distance of a school or grandparent-based free child care.   

       The problem is MUCH worse in the US, I know of 10-20 people who commute 2+ hours each way.   

       However, if you see any postdocs involving redox/calcium signalling at the ER-mito interface in Bora Bora, sign me up.
bs0u0155, Dec 19 2013
  
      
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