inploi helps great people find the best hospitality jobs in London. We are a community-driven employment marketplace, enabling people to discover and apply for job opportunities with London’s best employers - online or from a mobile phone.
The inploi marketplace connects people looking for work with employers looking for staff in London’s hospitality industry - whether for short-term assignments, part-time roles or full-time jobs.
inploi is focussed exclusively on hospitality - working with the best employers in this sector, from restaurants and pub chains, through to independent cafes, pop-ups, private members’ clubs and hotels. This focus has allowed us to work in close consultation with industry experts to build a best-in-class product that meets sector-specific needs.
inploi currently operates in Greater London, with plans to expand to other UK urban centres in the near future.
Recruitment in the hospitality sector is broken and fragmented. The way people think about accessing information and discovering opportunities has changed. We can book a holiday, order a takeaway and even arrange a date from wherever we are. What about finding a job or a new team member?
When staff turnover is high, engaging and retaining the best talent in an efficient way is crucial. Existing solutions are woefully inefficient - the market is dominated by jobs boards whose models and user experience have hardly changed since their inception in the 1990s and leave employers sifting through piles of non-standardised CVs, often lacking relevant information, with no filtering or matching. Staffing agencies are expensive and extract value from both workers and employers. Many startup companies looking at space have merely ported these inefficiencies to mobile, often exacerbating these problems.
Engaging candidates for their terms has never been more important, but instead, the user experience for people seeking work is awful - with incumbent technology years behind what people have come to expect. The market is opaque, and for many, the way to find a job is still walking the street with a paper copy resume.
In the age of Uber, Airbnb, Deliveroo and other similar platforms, which are proven to efficiently connect supply and demand, it is absurd that these staffing models are still dominant. inploi is changing this.
inploi enables candidates to discover job opportunities and receive tailored job recommendations, online or from their phones. Candidates apply with their inploi profile and connect directly with London’s top hospitality employers. Finding the right job has never been easier.
inploi gives hospitality employers the tools to build great teams more efficiently - available online or via a mobile phone. Company pages and easy job listings allow employers to showcase their brand and opportunities to our active candidate pool. They can screen and identify the best candidates in seconds with the help of our matching algorithm and quickly arrange interviews and trials shifts. Candidates have changed, recruitment has not. inploi gives employers the tools to keep up.
At inploi our objective is to provide candidates and employers with all the information they need to make career and hiring decisions.
Candidates create detailed profiles with video introductions, these profiles are developed over time, based on experience, training, and feedback from our community of employers. Candidates can identify the jobs they would like to apply for by viewing company pages and searching jobs by title, location, type and wage. Candidates apply with their profile, and our algorithm provides the employer with an objective picture of how closely matched the applicant is to the position. Employers are notified at this point and can quickly screen candidate profiles, connecting with successful applicants to quickly arrange interviews and trials shifts.
Employers have access to a comprehensive backend dashboard, which allows for easy candidate management and provides comprehensive recruitment intelligence. inploi’s team and enterprise offerings have enhanced functionality to provide for larger organisations with multiple sites.
inploi creates better matches between candidates and employers and plays an active role in ensuring that candidates are prepared for interviews and trials, enabling our employers to improve their recruitment efficiency.
inploi’s subscription-based revenue model is another feature that sets it apart from the competition. Job boards still operate a ‘pay per post model’, charging people a one-off, upfront fee, or charging them to ‘boost’ a specific position.
On inploi, employers can sign up, create a beautiful and informative company profile, and host one live job for free. For more than one role, it is necessary to join one of inploi’s paid plans, which work out to be significantly less expensive than alternative options.
inploi is proud to be a member of SAFERjobs, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams.
The inploi team have achieved a huge amount in a short space of time with limited funding. The team have taken the product from conception, through Beta, to full release in under a year - building a platform that is more comprehensive and better fit for purpose than any other on the market.
Since coming out of Beta, inploi has experienced impressive traction, with the user base growing at 40-50% month-on-month (currently standing at over 10,000 users). inploi has also started to generate revenue.
inploi was founded in late 2015, by Matthew de la Hey (CEO), Alex Hanson-Smith (CPO), and Chris Mackie (CTO). The team released an iOS Beta version in July 2016, and launched version 1.0 across web, Android and iOS in November the same year. The latest iteration of inploi was released in April 2017.
As students, Matt and Alex did various stints of work in the hospitality sector during the university holidays. Discussing how poor the experience of finding work opportunities was, they realised they had many shared frustrations: walking the streets looking for job posters in shop windows, handing out paper CVs, applying to scores of jobs board adverts (because nobody ever responded), or waiting weeks for agency training days. Prompted to look into staffing in the industry more deeply, they realised that employers were also spending too much time and money to hire the people that they need. Chris, who had also worked in recruitment before, shared their sentiments. Thus the seeds of an idea that grew into inploi were sewn.
The inploi team are grateful for the guidance and support of some great advisors and mentors.
Ross Sleight is an internationally-respected mobile and digital expert. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at mobile and connected solutions company SOMO. Previous roles include working as Chief Strategy Officer and Marketing & Operations Director at Virgin Games.
Jonny Crowe is currently an Operations Advisor at private equity fund Apax Partners. Prior to this, he was CEO of Dutch online fashion retailer Wehcamp, and was Head of M&A for Naspers in Europe.
Anna Baird is a Global Client Executive at LinkedIn, advisor to a number of startups and should have an honorary PhD in networking.