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Tempo secures £5 million Series A investment led by Adecco Group

UK recruitment platform Tempo secures £5 million in Series A funding led by Fortune Global 500 HR giant

  • Investment comes as businesses across the UK begin to revive pre-Covid recruitment plans, with Tempo seeing a 33% increase in interview activity in June vs May
  • Tempo will use the funding to fuel further UK expansion and increase its workforce from 35 to 50 in 2020
  • The start-up has raised more than £8million since launching in 2017 and has become the go-to recruitment platform for scale-up companies including Monzo, Starling Bank and Bulb

Recruitment platform Tempo has secured £5 million in a Series A funding round led by the Adecco Group, a Fortune Global 500 company and leading HR solutions partner.

Tempo’s end-to-end platform uses technology to simplify the recruitment process, with machine learning used to match job seekers to potential employers and video interviews used for screening.  Businesses using Tempo are able to cut their recruitment costs by 65%, while reducing the hiring process to a matter of days rather than weeks.

In recent weeks, video interviews have become essential for businesses and Tempo predicts that the virtual recruitment trend is here to stay. The company has also seen signs that firms are beginning to revive pre-Covid recruitment plans, with a 33% increase in interview activity in June vs May.

Tempo has offices in London and Manchester and has raised more than £8million in investment since it was launched in 2017, with other backers including VC firm Hambro Perks, and Chris Bruce and Michael Whitfield, founders of Thomsons Online Benefits. The latest funding round, secured in difficult market conditions, will be used to invest in technology and to expand further in the UK, with plans to increase the headcount from 35 to 50 in 2020.

Tempo has developed a reputation for its ability to support some of the most exciting scale-up companies in the world – including Monzo, Starling Bank and Bulb – as they make a huge number of hires in a short space of time. To date, the company has partnered with 2,700 employers across a broad range of sectors including financial services, software, property and ecommerce, and it currently has more than 75,000 candidates on the platform, which offers both permanent and temporary roles.

Ben Chatfield, CEO and co-founder of Tempo, said: “We started Tempo because we wanted to transform the recruitment process, from what can sometimes feel like a slow trudge, into an exciting and enjoyable journey. Today we have a platform that’s helping tens of thousands of businesses and job seekers through the hiring process, and with the backing of the Adecco Group, we are ready to deliver our vision across the UK and internationally.

“The UK job market has faced a hugely challenging few months, yet in this time we’ve seen a lot of companies adapt brilliantly by digitising their recruitment processes and introducing video interviews. We’re delighted to have a product which can help businesses to keep moving forward in a post-Covid world, while providing people with much-needed access to work.”

Teppo Paavola, Chief Digital Officer at the Adecco Group, said: “In a short space of time, Tempo is already making a real impact on the recruitment sector with their technology-based approach. We have been impressed not only by the Tempo team and product, but especially by the feedback from employers and job seekers. This investment is consistent with our own focus on digitisation and enhancing our client and candidate experience through leading-edge technology. We are very excited to become part of Tempo’s story and we’re looking forward to adding the experience, expertise and ecosystem we bring as the world’s leading HR solutions partner.”

Notes to Editors

About Tempo

Tempo believes that work should be an adventure and recruitment the most exciting thing companies do. We’re on a mission to make it happen.

Tempo is an end-to-end hiring platform connecting tens of thousands of people to temp and perm non-technical roles with the fastest growing, most innovative companies in the world.

By using video and machine learning at the most time-consuming parts of the process, we reduce time to hire to a matter of days whilst reducing recruitment costs by 65%. But the real reward is that we give you the tools to get excited about recruitment again. That’s recruitment made simple.

Trusted by Monzo, Uber Eats, Bulb and Babylon Health.

About the Adecco Group

The Adecco Group is the world’s leading HR solutions company. We believe in making the future work for everyone, and every year enable more than 3.5 million careers. We skill, develop, and hire talent in 60 countries, enabling organisations to embrace the future of work. As a Fortune Global 500 company, we lead by example, creating shared value that fuels economies and builds better societies. Our culture of inclusivity, entrepreneurship and teamwork empowers our 35,000 employees. We are proud to have been consistently ranked one of the ‘World’s Best Workplaces’ by Great Place to Work®. The Adecco Group AG is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN) and powered by nine global brands: Adecco, Adia, Badenoch & Clark, General Assembly, Lee Hecht Harrison, Modis, Pontoon, Spring Professional and Vettery.

Manoj Ranaweera

Manoj has founded, failed and successfully exited from a number of technology product companies as well as support organisations since 2004. Among them, Northern Tech Awards and edocr.com were acquired by GP Bullhound and Accusoft, Inc respectively. Today, Manoj is building a trusted support network for technology companies. He is working with founding teams to help them accelerate including raising investment and M&A.