Zoopla, the U.K.-based real estate vertical, will recruit for 50 new roles on its product and technology team, which operates out of its London headquarters.
The move comes on the heels of Zoopla’s announcement earlier this month that it had begun redundancy consultations with agency software staff and was considering closing two of its offices. The offices under consideration belong to Alto, Vebra and Jupix, which Zoopla acquired in 2016 from The Property Software Group.
The new hires are not connected to the redundancy proposals, which are linked to customer support, Zoopla said in an announcement.
“If implemented, [the redundancy measures] would impact only our customer support teams in Pocklington, Redruth and Brackley. The consultation is ongoing and we continue to liaise with potentially impacted colleagues and provide them with our full support during this difficult time,” a spokesperson said. “These new jobs are for our product and tech teams in London which focus on developing software and innovative, industry-leading technology, so are in no way linked to the proposals.”
Since being acquired by U.S.-based private equity firm Silver Lake in May 2018, Zoopla has invested in product, technology and software services, including adding senior production staff in product and engineering. Zoopla is part of the ZPG Group.
Zoopla set out 2020 expansion plans in December, before the Covid-19 pandemic. The plans included hiring 120 new recruits in in product development, software engineering and data analysis.
The 50 new roles will grow the company’s tech team by 34% from October 2019. The company also recently completed hiring for its first-ever software engineering apprenticeship, which involved hiring 10 additional staff.
“The new hires join a team already bolstered with senior leaders with experience from some of the UK’s most innovative companies,” said Dave Wascha, Zoopla’s chief product and technology officer.