– Par Equity leads £1.6m seed investment alongside existing investor Techstart Ventures, Nile HQ, and a number of leading entrepreneurs
– Glasgow HQ-ed startup helps businesses source and onboard on-demand tech talent, while enabling SMEs and larger corporates to retain existing staff
GLASGOW, Scotland, January 16, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gigged.AI is set to scale its HR tech as companies address hiring freezes and staff retention. The company has secured its latest investment, a £1.6m seed round led by Par Equity alongside existing investor Techstart Ventures, and Nile HQ. Glasgow-headquartered startup Gigged.AI deploys AI-matching algorithms to help businesses source and onboard on-demand tech talent, while enabling SMEs and larger corporates to retain existing staff. Clients signed up to the platform include the BBC, ATOS, Webhelp, Skyscanner, FanDuel, and the University of Edinburgh.
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Gigged.AI co-founders Rich Wilson and Craig Short at the company’s Glasgow hub (Photo: Business Wire)
In the UK alone, gig economy workers have tripled over the last five years, while Future of Work trends have been heavily impacted by the pandemic and ensuing remote or distributed workforces and, more recently, tech sector layoffs against a recessionary economic backdrop.
Gigged.AI CEO and Co-founder Rich Wilson said: “The ‘Great Resignation’ has seen millions of people quit their jobs every month, as they leave to seek more flexibility and better opportunity. When you look at Gen Z, almost two out of three now engage in freelance work, and within our own talent community on the platform we are seeing around 70 per cent of people with second jobs.”
Rich Wilson added: “The companies in our client base are experiencing these trends first-hand and now have much better visibility for what skills they have in-house, and where they need to add talent, or upskill it. We have a best-of-class product, which is pioneering as we have both an open and internal talent marketplace, the first time the companies we are working with have had access to this kind of dual platform.”
Paul Atkinson, a Partner with Par Equity who is also a recruitment sector veteran who has overseen multiple exits in the sector, said: “HR tech is a fast-growing segment, and what Rich, Craig and the team have built in terms of the technology to support sourcing, onboarding, and helping to retain staff, in such a short amount of time is a remarkable achievement. We look forward to supporting the company on its journey to becoming one of the leading players in the sector.”
The company plans to grow its team over the next twelve months, remotely in addition to its Glasgow and London hubs, and has a number of partnerships and contract wins in the pipeline this year.
Gigged.AI was featured in the Startups 100 Index 2023, the UK’s longest-running index of the top 100 most disruptive and innovative small businesses, joining a Startups 100 alumni that includes Monzo, Deliveroo, and HelloFresh.
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