Tech pioneer promises breakthrough

App hirer aims to revolutionise recruitment

mike-hughes-hiireScottish technology entrepreneur Mike Hughes is this month launching an app-based venture which he predicts will revolutionise the recruitment sector.

After nearly two years of intensive development and testing, he is unveiling Hiire which matches job-seekers to employers by mobile phone in the style of an internet dating site.

It has already been tested by more than 50 employers, predominantly in the hospitality industry in Scotland, and has established a database of more than 1,000 candidates.

Mr Hughes, the former chief operating officer of Sword Group, a £100 million company employing 1,000 staff, predicts that Hiire will grow to 20 million users by 2022 and achieve a value of £95 million.

He is now seeking investors to back the venture.

He said: “Hiire is designed to remove the frustration and the time-wasting within the recruitment process.”

Hiire is being backed by Scottish Enterprise’s High Growth Start Up Unit, which helps create future Scottish-based global companies. The unit supports enterprises which commercialise potentially disruptive intellectual assets and display the potential to achieve revenues of £5m in five years. 

Me Hughes is predicting turnover of £1.4m in year two rising to £17.2m in year five. He is now actively encouraging investment funding.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, he has run businesses from start-up to lucrative disposal. He helped grow Graham Technology into a global business employing 400 and then became CEO of ciboodle, its successor company. 

His vision is to build scalable technology businesses based in Scotland which, he says, has the right mix of local talent and business infrastructure.

Hiire, he says, will achieve international acceptance because it effectively automates one of the most time-consuming and costly processes for busy managers and business owners. 

The app works on a percentage match scoring system. For instance, if an employer is looking for someone local, then a candidate who lives close by will score highly; if a particular language skill is essential, fluent speakers will gain a high mark; if two year’s experience is required, less experience will be marked down.

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