Adzuna, the UK startup that operates what it calls a next generation jobs search engine, is taking its wares to Germany, the first time the London-based company has expanded internationally. It’s also putting out some decent numbers today: Monthly visitors to its UK property are at over 1.5 million, up from half a million monthly visitors as reported last July.
The new site — adzuna.de — will feature the same job search functionality as its UK offering by indexing thousands of German job vacancies found on classified ads and job boards around the web, and mining that data for its search engine and to provide free access to labour market trends, such as tracking salaries for a particular vocation and region, as well a building a social layer on top.
The latter enables it to offer a feature called Adzuna Connect whereby users can sign in to Adzuna via Facebook or LinkedIn to leverage their social graph to help them get an in at a particular company for a job vacancy they are trying to fill.
The company says that there are over 200,000 live job vacancies in Germany, representing €4.1 billion of “Total Earning Opportunity”, which is somewhat encouraging news for at least some of the country’s 2.5 million unemployed. And certainly encouraging for Adzuna in terms of pent-up demand for its service.
To that end, Adzuna co-founder Andrew Hunter says that job seekers in Germany are currently “underserved” by the tools available, which the company aims to address. Interestingly, he also tells me that Adzuna intends to reach out to the German government and offer to build an employment market data dashboard for Chancellor Angela Merkel, similar to the one it currently powers for the UK’s Number 10 and Prime Minister’s own iPad “app”.
Adzuna is backed by Passion Capital, The Accelerator Group and Index Ventures, while the founders are formerly of Gumtree, Qype and Zoopla. Along with jobs search, it operates additional verticals in the UK, namely cars and property.