UK creative jobs, networking and collaboration site Hiive launches

Creative Skillset's new free site lets you find and post jobs, showcase your work, network with other creatives and collaborate on projects.

Hiive is a new website that offers tools for creative professionals across advertising, graphic and interactive design, animation, VFX, filmmaking and more. It's been in beta since the end of last year, but is formally launching today with 100 new jobs.

While in beta, the site says it has got 6,200 members to sign up - and has offered jobs from the likes of BBC, Channel 4, Framestore, Google, Penguin, Sky and Warner Brothers.

The site has been set-up by Creative Skillset, a registered charity focussed on improving skills within the creative industries. Its funding comes from the government and companies - as both donations and in payment for training and other services.

A free place to post creative jobs

One of the site's key appeals is that the companies can post jobs for free. While it currently lacks the scale, account tools and support from a real person that you'd get the likes of Creativepool, it's easy to see companies posting jobs on Hiive as well as using a commercial agency - alongside jobs from companies who don't want to pay.

Hiive users looking for jobs can filter jobs by industry, salary, hours, contract term, job level and distance from where you are.

Creative portfolios

Individual users and companies can build a portfolio on the site - though here Hiive faces strong competition from Adobe's well-established (and also free) Behance network.

Swarms allow users to openly collaborate on projects, bringing together members to share media and contribute to discussions. This part of the site is quite basic and still being developed.

If Hiive is to succeed, it needs to grow quickly - both in terms of members and the number of high-quality jobs on offer (which, for all of its additional tools, is what will get people to sign up to Hiive in the first place).

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