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Programmers Start to Take Over HR Jobs?


That sounds quite unlikely by words. However an Australian website Freelancer.com has newly upgraded its web service so that developers can write software to recruit, hire and pay workers on a variety of tasks without human input. The website is normally a marketplace where freelancers meet projects/job posted to be outsourced. Now programs can be written to post job adverts on the site, take on responses, assessing the work result, do the commissioning and pay the works, all automatically.

If you are running such a match-making company for subcontracting, you would probably be very happy that the heaviest part of your work can be somewhat off-loaded by some programmers. There will be a bit of capital investment first to develop the programs. But then you could focus your staff more on the interviews, experience-based assessments, double-checking and supervising the matching results. The ROI will depends on your own judgment of your business’ future growth. Right now with the economy still shaking its way forward, it seems that the subcontracting market grows steady and strong, in contrast with the sluggish normal job market.

Things might not be that bad for you who are today work in the HR field for some company, even though you might not be thrilled by this automatic service. Routines will always be there and a part of our job regardless of positions. However never before have we in such a demand of individual career consultancy, competence development and morale strengthening. All that is actually the essential value of a HR job that somehow is lacking today. Even a career coach can act sometimes like a kindergarten teacher rather than an inspirational source to adults. Like the one in the cartoon. (Check out the cartoon creator’s post here.)

With more and more people determined to advance their life’s (or career’s) dream, or even simply to enrich their personal development, I think this type of service that loosen up HR job from routines to more human interaction and intelligence based work content would bring us a bright future.

What is your opinion? Take a vote here!


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  1. Odinwood
    May 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Hi.
    For sure i think that this will make the HR add more value. Everything that can be automized will be. Keep up the good work.

  2. yulin
    May 18, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I do not think that HR could replaced by programmer. When I was CEO of a small company and wanted to hire some person, They were not just evalured by ability, experience, IQ,EQ, but most important was my own feeling. So HR can never be totally replaced by some automatic machines.

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