WASHINGTON, D.C. – Instawork, a platform for connecting businesses with skilled workers, is now available to hospitality businesses in Washington D.C.
This announcement comes as hospitality businesses in the D.C. area are struggling to staff their businesses to meet increased customer demand.
Spring and summer are the busiest times of the year for the tourism and hospitality industry, with more than 20 million travelers expected to descend on the nation’s capital this year. Tourists and business travelers usually bring more than $900 million in annual revenue to local businesses.
According to a media release, in the D.C. area, 40,000 people have already downloaded the Instawork app. Users can easily create a profile, find a shift that matches their skills and interests, and start working in as little as 24 hours.
Businesses hiring Instawork users range from nationally recognized hotels and restaurant groups to some of the city’s local hot spots, according to the media release. Instawork also provides staff to over half of the baseball stadiums across the country, including Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals. The Instawork platform encourages both hourly workers and businesses to rate each other on a five-star scale after each shift to help match future shifts with those who are best qualified.
The announcement comes less than a year after the company raised $60 million in financing and exceeded its goal of adding 100,000 new users to meet increased demand ahead of the busy holiday season. Instawork is currently staffing hospitality businesses in more than 25 markets across the U.S. and Canada.
“Available shifts on Instawork have grown eight-fold in the U.S. over the last two years. By meeting the needs of today’s hourly workforce, Instawork has been able to create economic opportunities for businesses and hourly professionals in Washington D.C.,” said Kira Caban, Instawork’s head of strategic communications. “As D.C.’s hospitality businesses prepare for increased customer demand during the upcoming tourism season, we are excited to ensure they have access to top talent in order to delight their customers.”