Simon Swan and Sara Jones: Hiring-Hub
The Manchester-based online marketplace disrupting the UK’s £27bn recruitment sector
Simon Swan and Sara Jones, 34 and 30
Featured as part of our 2014 Young Guns to Watch, Sara Jones and Simon Swan’s Hiring-Hub is on a mission to disrupt the stale, traditional, recruitment model with its unique, web-focused approach.
Founded in 2010, the Startups 100 listed company allows employers to ‘crowdsource’ candidates from rival agencies by uploading their vacancy, setting a fixed fee and letting approved recruitment agencies compete to fill the role. This enables companies to broaden their candidate search and fill positions more quickly on their own terms. Hiring-Hub claims it takes an average of just 19 days to fill a position with only those that successfully make a hire paying the fee.
Thanks to its innovative model, the online recruitment marketplace has built up an impressive client base including Sega, Jaguar Land Rover and Maplin, and following a £425,000 investment last year has bought its total funding to just under £1m. The Manchester-based firm has already caused quite a stir in the estimated £27bn UK market, and with a projected turnover of £4m this year, has ambitious plans to further revolutionise recruitment in the UK and beyond.