The employment market has been getting more dynamic for years, but post-lockdown it will become more dynamic than ever. Many businesses are dependent on temporary contracts, “temping” is popular and the gig economy is booming. With such a mobile workforce, HR management is crucial for the success of a contract or the liquidity of the entire business. Working the old way is too slow, too inflexible and too inefficient.

The modern answer, of course, is software, and it needs three qualities: extensibility so you can have the features you need; scalability so you can use it as much as you need; and compatibility so that it works efficiently with your other procedures – minimising labour and maximising speed. Here are your priorities.


In a competitive industry, you must find jobs and candidates quickly. If you still do this manually, you will be left at the gate while competitors are passing the flag. Updating your CRM database swiftly is therefore vital but still only half the race – you need to expedite AWR and get your ads and direct invitations out rapidly too.

Open source recruitment software like Chameleon-i lets you create company and candidate records quickly or even populate them automatically from LinkedIn. You can also post vacancies to 250 job boards and social networks with one click and reach out to shortlisted candidates by SMS or email.


Rostering is a challenging art: shift patterns must be squared with employment contracts, industry-specific regulations (for example, nursing) and staff availability. The ideal software must provide both templates and flexibility, and then by setting up some simple rules you can drag and drop candidates into the roster. Once again, the quicker the solution the less it costs and the greater your client satisfaction.

Two powerful benefits of SaaS are real-time communications and data collection. You can provide staff and clients with access to a calendaring app that automatically feeds requirements and availability into your assignment module. You can monitor that everything is working by having staff check in and out using their smartphones or collect electronic signatures from clients. That information then routes automatically into time sheets, the CRM and to payroll without additional labour.


Centralising all your data in a unified repository makes security and compliance a breeze, and you can apply sophisticated analytic engines (such as Cube19) to provide useful reports such as candidate performance and aptitudes. SaaS is flexible in both design and cost: you turn on a module when you need it and off when you don’t, paying only for what you use.

The Benefits of Open Source Recruitment Software

Chameleon-i is compatible with most popular business and communications tools, so you can easily automate data flows from communications to archives, time sheets to payroll, invoices to accounts and so on. You can develop your website around Chameleon-i open source recruitment software, integrate an existing WordPress site with a plugin, or develop your own bespoke API. Unlike most other open source recruitment software Chameleon-i will fully support you throughout.