Scottish start-up gets funding to simplify staff sourcing



A Scottish technology start-up has been awarded a grant to create artificial intelligence (AI) technology that simplifies how companies can source and on-board in-demand UK talent.

Glasgow-based GIGGED.AI was backed by Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund after receiving help from the Data Lab to strengthen its application.

The company is investing in the development of its talent platform that aims to take on large global players by using conversational AI to let clients qualify work packages that are then defined into a statement of work.

It has developed algorithms that minimise the geographical bias to match the most relevant in-demand talent to a specific statement of work.

The company estimates that 90% of statement of works will be completed remotely and that the platform can reduce onboarding time by six weeks, allowing projects to deliver faster and within budget.

John Brodie, chairman of GIGGED.AI, said: “The future of work and the gig economy are hot topics right now and this is an innovative product with huge growth potential.

“The platform also offers the growing number of gig workers in the UK a great way to work on exciting digital projects.”

Adam Turner, external funding service lead at the Data Lab, said: “As we recover from the pandemic there will be fundamental shifts in the labour market, including companies adopting global employee bases, meaning the demand for top talent will only increase.”

The Data Lab launched earlier this year as an external funding service to aid Scottish businesses in unlocking grant funding.

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The team has supported more than 65 Scottish companies in securing more than £20m in data-related innovation funding.

The service provides the support of an experienced funding manager to maximise the impact of applications, as well as access to data scientists, project managers and system architects.

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