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Jordan O’Reilly, NSW (b. 1988)
Name: Jordan O’Reilly
Known for: Hireup
For many years companies have easily been able to find employees online. Only recently, and with the help of Jordan O’Reilly, have people with disabilities been able to hire support workers online just as easily.
“Hireup is innovating in the peer-to-peer economy, paying its workers industry-leading wages while saving people with disability thousands of dollars in fees,” Jordan says.
Hireup’s website says the company prides itself on valuing support workers with more than just the right credentials. People with disability and support workers can be brought together by some form of common ground with Hireup.
The platform is described as easy to use, transparent and flexible, according to the website.
Hireup also takes it upon itself to handle tax and super payments, insurance, payroll and workplace health and safety to lessen the strain on those with disability and their families.
Jordan says he was inspired to create this business since growing up with a brother with disability. He also worked as a support worker in university, enabling him to develop a strong passion for the cause as well as understand his platform’s users.
Jordan also co-founded Fighting Chance, a not-for-profit creating better opportunities for Australians with disability, he says.
Since its creation, Fighting Chance has supported over 150 young adults and has raised over $3 million.
Aside from Hireup’s 3,000 users, Jordan says his greatest entrepreneurial achievement “is infusing our work with a shared passion for building a better reality for Australians with disability.”
The nature of the company has created its own publicity over the years, Jordan says. The good-news stories that come from the work of the business generate a lot of organic buzz.
“We’re putting people with disability in the driving seat of their own lives, enabling them to connect with support workers based on shared interests and passions for (in many cases) the first time in their lives,” Jordan says.
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