San Francisco-based global hiring and employee management company Deel Inc. has acquired Zavvy, a Munich-based AI-powered employee onboarding provider, according to a company statement.

Zavvy was founded in 2021 by Mehmet Yilmaz and Joshua Cornelius. It operates an app that enables HR teams to run people development, performance and training programs and automates Slack and Teams messages for employee onboarding and preboarding. Zavvy also facilitates training, engagement surveys, performance and compensation analysis and employee self-evaluations.

According to Zavvy, what makes it different is its use of embedded AI technology that gives managers suggestions to assess team performance and create personalized career development plans.

All Zavvy team members will join Deel and Zavvy’s technology will be integrated into a new product suite called Deel Engage which will cost $20 per month per user.

Deel also said it is making its Deel HR product free for companies of any size so that it works as a single source for learning management, performance and HR and compliance knowledge. It was previously free for up to 200 users.

Deel said this means for the first time in the industry, all learning management, performance, HRIS and compliance knowledge will be available from one company at one price, which means companies avoid having to patch together different HR and payroll systems. By integrating Zavvy’s capabilities, users will be able to view all aspects of the employee lifecycle for their global workforce.

“Deel is all about helping companies get the best out of their global teams, and Zavvy’s AI technology is at the forefront of people management and talent development,” said Deel co-founder and CEO Alex Bouaziz.

“It’s a perfect fit – our customers are looking for a one-stop-shop for all things HR, and Zavvy’s people management tools now fill in that missing piece of our global HR offering.”

In November 2022, Deel acquired PayGroup Ltd, a Melbourne, Australia-based payroll and HR company, for AUD121 million (US$80 million).

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