Adzuna raises new funding to makes job ads fully social

Adzuna, a startup with something it calls the next-generation job search engine, has raised a round of funding from Index Ventures, The Accelerator Group and existing investors including Passion Capital. The latest funding follows a seed round last year. It’s landed £500,000, taking its total funding to £800,000 (£300,000 from Passion Capital in July).

Launched in July 2011, Adzuna is aiming to be a global search engine for classified job ads, effectively aggregating ads, then putting a social layer over them. Yes, I know similar things have been tried before but here’s how they’ll do it.

Adzuna collates job ads (it’s starting in the UK) real time from hundreds of sites, totalling 500,000 vacancies. Then Adzuna Connect helps users “get hired with a little help from their friends” by connecting them to jobs where they have first or second-degree connections on LinkedIn or Facebook.

It’s also pulling data about the jobs like average salary data to employee reviews, interview questions and “CEO Approval ratings”.

The funding will be used to scale and expand into other verticals as well as international markets.

The founders are formely of Gumtree, Qype and Zoopla – so a very good track record.

Adzuna founders Andrew Hunter and Doug Monro met working at Gumtree in 2005, acquired by eBay. Hunter has worked on Yelp competitor Qype as well. Monro was most recently COO of property portal Zoopla.