Temporary job search platform Catapult raises £1 million in seed funding

UK-based job search platform for temporary work Catapult has raised £1 million in seed funding from several investors.

Catapult’s app connects people seeking temporary work with employers that need positions filled. According to the startup, it is replacing the traditional recruitment consultants with technology and cutting out the old interviews process.

The app allows candidates to set up and build profiles to communicate with potential employers that may be interested in hiring them. So far Catapult is focused on the retail and hospitality sectors and office work in the UK. It may also be a market that gains traction soon in the US but Catapult has no plans to expand there yet.

Candidates set their pay rate, can manage job offers, and submit their timesheets while the employer and employee can rate each other to improve their profiles.

All payments are handled through Catapult and the startup charges a commission.

Investors in the London-based startup include Continuity Capital; David Pritchard, founder of OpenTable Europe and investor and advisor in Hassle; Jorg Mohaupt, head of TMT at Access Industries; Nicole Junkermann; Thibaud Elziere, founder of Fotolia and eFounders; Stephen Pankhurst, founder of Friends Reunited; Andy Harding, chief customer officer at House of Fraser; Nick Carter, CFO at Gondola and Halfords; and Derek Lovelock, chairman of Mamas & Papas.

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