Job apps are springing up to profit from London’s thriving employment scene. Mobile-only startups Inploi and Tempo offer candidates instant connections with employers, while promising companies a healthy applicant pool in a competitive market.
Inploi was launched by CEO Matthew de la Hey (LinkedIn profile), CPO Alex Hanson-Smith (LinkedIn profile), and CTO Chris Mackie (LinkedIn profile) in 2016. The app specializes in hospitality industry recruitment, a sector known for its high turnover and worker mobility.
It also said that its subscription business model, which is used by more than 300 companies, has started earning revenue. Employers can list one job for free. After that, they buy packages that allow them to advertise three, ten or unlimited jobs.
Competitor Tempo is a London-specific mobile recruitment portal that covers a range of industries. According to its website, it has more than 550 clients and 10,000-plus registered users. Employers include retailer New Look, food service Hello Fresh, and the U.K. National Health Service.
Founded by Ben Chatfield and Ollie Povey (LinkedIn profile) in 2017, Tempo costs nothing up front. It charges a commission of 20 percent of the candidate’s salary for temporary placements and a flat fee of £2,500 for permanent roles, regardless of salary.
Tempo uses artificial intelligence to match job-seekers and companies, and video to smooth the recruitment process. Candidates post videos, as well as their resumes, references and pay expectations. Employers are encouraged to share information like culture and dress code, making it easier for users to assess the suitability of a job.