Google is phasing out its two-year old applicant tracking system / recruitment management tool Hire in September 2020.
“While Hire has been successful, we’re focusing our resources on other products in the Google Cloud portfolio,” the company said. “We’ve made the difficult decision to sunset Hire by Google on September 1, 2020.”
Launched in 2017, the G-suite based ATS provides recruiters and small- and medium-sized companies with a system to manage recruitment processes, including talent hunt, interview scheduling, and interaction with applicants. The monthly fee for Google Hire ranges from $200 to $400.
Hire dates back to Google’s acquisition of Bebop, a platform for building and maintaining enterprise apps, in a $380 million deal in 2015. Some of the first work on Hire was done at Bebop. Hire by Google expanded beyond the U.S. market in February with launches in Canada and the U.K..
Google said customers can terminate their agreements for Hire without affecting G Suite agreements.
Under EU’s surveillance
Google may face an antitrust probe in Europe over its jobs search tool.
Reuters reported that European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager raised concerns over complains of alleged anti-competitive practices of Google for Jobs, which is said to determine success and failure of job sites through its aggregation process.
Google has been hit with $9.2 billion in antitrust fines by European authorities during the past two years.
“We’re looking right now at whether the same thing may have happened with other parts of Google’s business – like the job search business known as Google for Jobs,” Vestager told a conference in Berlin.
At least 23 job-ad sites in Europe urged the European Commission to order a probe into the Google affairs. A preliminary investigation may or may not lead to antitrust probe. In case of fines, Google could cough up 10% of its annual revenue, according to CNBC.
Google, however, said it has already fixed the issues to address the concerns. Now, Google for Jobs offers direct links to job sites.
Within two years of the launch, the jobs search tool has partnered with job sites in around 120 countries to aggregate listings on the platform.