Job Recruitment Website Hired Opens in Austin

Hired, a job recruitment website for engineers, data scientists, and other workers who are in high demand from tech startups, is launching its service in Austin, where the company expects 9,000 new tech jobs to appear by 2017.

Based in San Francisco, Hired targets workers who are “overwhelmed with job offers,” the company says. Employees such as developers or project managers can apply to be listed on Hired, and if approved, the worker can see companies that are interested in him or her, and can pursue the employers they want. Hired vets the employers, making sure they have funding, the company says.

It’s one of several modern approaches to the cutthroat world tech recruiting. Another example is Seattle-based Poachable, an anonymous online marketplace for technology workers interested in new employment opportunities.

Hired typically provides a $2,000 signing bonus for employees who use its service, and is increasing that to $5,000 for people who relocate to Austin after June 1. Hired provides the signing bonus itself, as well as a bottle of Dom Perignon to anyone who takes a job using its service, the company says.

New hires receive an average salary of $125,000, Hired says. For finding the new hire, the company, which was founded in 2012, charges the employer a 15 percent fee based on the employee’s salary.

Hired customers in Austin include RetailMeNot, Cognitive Scale, Reaction, Sparefoot, and Umbel. The company also operates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, New York, and London. Hired says employees can explore positions at more than 2,000 companies using its service.

David Holley is Xconomy's national correspondent based in Austin, TX. You can reach him at Follow @xconholley

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