Recruiting Industry News Roundup from September 2021

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Recruiting Industry News Roundup from September 2021


Welcome to Recruiter Roundup, where we take a monthly look at the most exciting recruiting and HR industry news.

What's New at

  • launched its new job platform for recruiters and talent acquisition professionals. The platform will feature full-time recruiting jobs as well as contract recruiting gigs and project work. Read more about the new platform here.
  • We also launched Amplify, an artificial intelligence solution for proactive candidate outreach. Amplify leverages AI software to search and market to passive candidates, transforming job posting into an active talent identification and engagement process. Amplify is initially being marketed to the media industry, with future targeted market segments planned. Read more about the new solution here.
  •'s AI software hit a major milestone: It now indexes over 150 million profiles, empowering employers with the capacity to automate candidate campaigning and engagement to a massive network of talent profiles. Read more here.
  • welcomed Angela Copeland as Vice President of Marketing. As a dedicated influencer in the career space, Angela will help align products with the real-world needs of professionals and employers. Read more about the appointment here.

Recruiting Industry Investments / M&A Activity

  • Background-checking technology provider Checkr raises $250 million in Series E funding. (source)
  • Tech recruiting firm Clear Talent acquired by creator platform Patreon. (source)
  • Vertical acquisition software company Aspire Software acquires workforce management solution Manus Software. (source)
  • Online apprenticeship and talent placement platform Multiverse raises $86 million in Series C funding. (source)
  • Knoetic, a software analytics platform designed for chief people officers, raises $18 million in Series A funding. (source)
  • Job offer management platform Compa receives $3.9 million in seed funding, emerges from stealth. (source)
  • SAP acquires the data and machine learning technology of SwoopTalent. (source)
  • Careers website The Muse receives $3 million investment from DHI Group, Inc. (source)
  • Human capital management solutions provider UKG Inc. acquires the Great Place to Work Institute. (source
  • Factorial, which provides HR software solutions to small and medium-sized businesses, raises $80 million in Series B funding. (source)
  • Employee experience platform Harri raises $30 million. (source)
  • AI-powered enterprise operating system Veritone closes its acquisition of hiring solutions provider PandoLogic. (source)
  • HR solutions provider Renrui HR acquires two flexible staffing services, Jiangnan Finance Technology Company Limited and Shanghai Lingshi Human Resources Services Limited. (source)
  • HR automation software Sora raises $14 million in Series A funding. (source)
  • Pre-employment screening service provider Veremark raises $2.8 million in seed funding. (source)
  • HR tech leader Workday signs deal to acquire configure price quote (CPQ) solutions provider Zimit. (source)
  • Digital apprenticeship solution New Apprenticeship raises $2.5 million in seed funding. (source)
  • Global HR platform Oyster receives investments from PayPal Ventures and HR Tech Investments, bringing its Series B total to $75 million. (source)
  • India-based Apna, a job platform for blue-collar workers, raises $100 million and hits a $1.1 billion valuation. (source)
  • Enterprise software company Freshworks closes its IPO. (source)
  • Candidate assessment solution CodeSignal raises $50 million in Series C funding. (source)
  • Staffing and workforce management platform WurkNow raises $10 million in Series A. (source)
  • Compensation analytics provider acquires Turetsky Consulting. (source)
  • Workforce analytics platform Syndio raises $50 million in Series C funding. (source)
  • Executive search firm Fisher Leadership acquires leadership and talent assessment firm the Centre for Leadership Advantage. (source)

Must-Read Reports

  • MBO Partners' State of Independence in America report finds the number of independent workers in the U.S. grew by 34 percent between 2020 and 2021 — an unprecedented increase. (source)
  • Paychex reports that small business job growth hit its highest level since January 2018 in August 2021. (source)
  • GlobalData reports that more organizations are turning to sign-on bonuses as a way to attract talent amid a labor shortage. The number of roles across all industries advertising sign-on bonuses increased by 454 percent between August 2020 and August 2021. (source)

Company News

  • Experience management solutions provider Qualtrics launches EX25, a new framework for understanding and improving the employee experience. (source)
  • Decentralized talent network Braintrust launches BTRST token, designed to power network governance and incentivize participation. (source
  • McHire, a hiring tool for McDonald's franchise operators, integrates with AI-powered candidate assessment solution Sprockets. (source)
  • HR consulting firm Enspira launches talent acquisition business. (source)
  • Talent intelligence platform Eightfold AI releases new Job Intelligence Engine, allowing organizations to leverage AI for smarter role definitions. (source)
  • Recruiting software provider QJumpers releases new AI Talent Sourcing product. (source)
  • AI-powered recruitment tech provider Talenya announces Engagement AI, billed as a "first-of-its-kind, fully automated talent sourcing solution." (source)
  • Talent acquisition suite Lever releases new Candidate Fit and Intent Data features to better assess applicant fit. (source)
  • ATS SmartSearch and reference-checking solution SkillSurvey partner to streamline reference checks. (source)
  • Talent marketplace Gloat adds new Career Agility and Frontline Employee offerings to help more workers take control of their careers. (source
  • Direct sourcing technology provider TalentNet and talent intelligence platform Glider AI form partnership to help organizations hire contingent workers faster. (source)
  • IQTalent Partners debuts new diversity-focused recruiting solution, Diversify by IQTX. (source)
  • The American Staffing Association announces the winners of the ASA Care Awards, recognizing the top social responsibility programs in the recruiting and staffing industry. (source)
  • HR software provider BrightHR launches AI-driven HR support and compliance platform, Bright Lightning. (source)
  • Cloud HR software provider BambooHR announces a suite of new features, including ZipRecruiter integration and onboarding enhancements. (source)
  • Philadelphia-based boutique search firm Lincoln Leadership opens its doors. (source)
  • Sense AI launches automated recruiting assistant chatbot. (source)
  • AARP announces the AARP Skills Builder for Work, a new platform designed to help older workers upskill. (source)

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Written by Miles Jennings

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