Sydney recruitment startup The Search Party acquires JobAdvisor and launches in Canada

- July 7, 2015 2 MIN READ

Sydney-based recruitment startup The Search Party has continued its international expansion, launching into Canada today. It has also acquired fellow Sydney startup JobAdvisor, an employer review platform.

Ben Hutt, CEO of The Search Party, said the startup’s Canadian launch is proof of strength in the Australian tech scene to solve global problems and expand out of Australia. In addition to its Sydney headquarters, the startup now has offices in London and Toronto.

“We now have candidates and customers in more than 50 countries, and are well on the way to addressing a problem all businesses face – hiring great people quickly and easily,” Hutt said.

The Search Party, which boasts over 15 million agency-represented and vetted candidates across the UK and Australia and clients including News Corp, ING, and Staples, helps employers find candidates faster. The platform relaunched late last year with a new focus on data, using algorithms to identify candidates that suited an advertised role. Recruiters then screen and qualify shortlisted candidates before interviews, speeding up the recruitment process; The Search Party reports that roles are filled in an average of 10 days through the platform.

Hutt said the startup’s acquisition of JobAdvisor, which lets employees anonymously write detailed reviews of their current and past employers in a bid to help give others a view of company culture, demonstrates a commitment to transparency in hiring and strengthens The Search Party’s offering for job seekers by allowing them to make more informed decisions about prospective jobs. JobAdvisor currently has 15,000 Australian companies profiled on its platform, and will continue to operate on its own.

“Our mission is to make recruitment easier, faster, and more reliable for all those involved. Based on our research, 60 percent of hires fail to live up to expectations and that’s unacceptable. We are addressing this problem through our unique blend of data science and agency expertise in our online recruitment marketplace. Our acquisition of JobAdvisor further supports that mission,” Hutt said.

“It means employers can make themselves more attractive to prospective candidates, helps recruiters ensure candidates are placed into businesses that have the right cultural fit and gives candidates more insight into businesses where they may work.”