Waikato NxtStep is a free job-matching platform where businesses can list vacancies, and job seekers can register their skills and apply for jobs.

It's the result of a project involving Hamilton City Council's smart cities adviser Jannat Maqbool, Wintec, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and Te Waka, the regional economic development agency.

Waikato NxtStep's unique offering is giving employers the ability to look at people in the Waikato region who are looking for employment opportunities.

Employers can search for specific sets of skills as well as advertising the jobs they have available free of charge.

Job seekers are able to create a profile so that employers can review their profiles and approach them directly, or look at the opportunities available and apply for them.