French recruitment startup talent.io is expanding its services into London, targeting booming UK tech industry.
The startup said it has aggressive plans to take market share away from traditional IT recruitment agencies. It arrives in the UK following a launch in France last year and six months after starting operations in Germany.
Venture capitalists Alven Capital, Elaia Partners and Ventech, and business angels invested £1.5m in talent.io in three months after its beta launch.
talent.io founder Jonathan Azoulay said despite the uncertain economy that lies ahead, London remains the number one tech ecosystem in Europe, with Apple, Google and Facebook all set to expand their UK workforces .
talent.io said it works by placing candidates, based skills and availability, on its platform every week and allowing companies to interact with them during a two-week session.
Companies and candidates can then go ahead with jobs descriptions, salary expectations and arrange interviews.
talent.io UK country manager John Hazelton said the company is human-centric and not a sales team focused on increasing its numbers, adding that it does not use algorithms to select candidates.
“We bring quality job offers to quality developers because we truly understand their needs and wants. Traditional recruitment agencies are very focused on client care and focus very little on the candidates. This model is failing the IT industry, and we are seeing a big shift towards our model,” Hazelton said.
Its target is to sign up more than 1,000 companies in the next 12 months, fuelled by the capital’s tech recruitment boom.
It said Adobe, Ubisoft and AXA have used the platform .
“As more companies follow suit, and new startups launch, we will see a huge increase in demand for developers.
“Our platform brings them all together in one place and makes recruiting easy. It also enables the mobility of technical teams between the UK, France and Germany as, for some organisations, hiring on home soil is no longer enough,” Azoulay said.