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How Serac Tech used Otta Pro to make a hire every 18 days

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“We hired a female engineer via inbound applications within a month of posting the job description on Otta.”,

Mike Taylor, Talent at Serac Tech


London based startup, Serac Technologies, is on a mission to be the number one go-to platform for everything construction and property. With 500% revenue growth over the last 18 months, they’re the leading supplier of planning data in the UK and the platform facilitates the ease of connection and communication between stakeholders.

The 40-person company joined Otta in August 2023 to grow their commercial and engineering teams. On Pro, Serac Tech hired at incredible speed to increase headcount by a third, without compromising on the quality of hires and diversity.

The success meant Serac Tech could consolidate their hiring stack, and Otta became one of the main recruitment tools for all functions across the business.

The challenge: To hire at scale

It was crucial for Serac Tech, an early stage business, to widen their reach and showcase their employer brand to attract the top, mission-aligned candidates. With a lean single-person talent team, they were looking for an efficient and effective way to scale the company’s hiring.

“We’d tried other job boards and hiring solutions, but the results we saw on Otta were superior to other platforms we had used. Others in the market didn’t generate the necessary volume or quality of applications, limiting our ability to scale the team”

Mike Taylor, Talent at Serac Tech

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Mike Taylor, Talent at Serac Tech

How Otta Pro helped: High quality candidates, plus best practice insights

Serac Tech saw instant success on Otta, making 10 commercial and engineering hires within 6 months.

With limited capacity in the talent team, the company needed to lean into inbound applications in order to save time. Otta’s matching helped them achieve this, doing the heavy lifting so the right candidates were able to discover and apply to Serac Tech’s roles.

Crucially, the strong inbound application channel worked even for the most competitive roles. Mike saw an opportunity to hire more female technical talent as they built out the team, but these candidates are generally trickier to attract and engage in the market.

“We hired a female engineer via inbound applications within a month of posting the job description on Otta.”

“Otta makes hiring for roles less like searching for a needle in a haystack and more like picking the best fruit from the talent tree”

Mike Taylor, Talent at Serac Tech

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The team at Serac Tech

As well as providing access to top-tier candidates, Serac Tech partnered closely with their dedicated Customer Success Manager (CSM). Quarterly Business Reviews, monthly meetings and regular contact in between helped to successfully optimise and inclusively position the job descriptions, with 70% of inbound applications coming from an underrepresented group.

“I definitely wouldn't have been efficient enough if it wasn't for the work of our CSM. For someone who's working by themselves and trying to scale very quickly, it was immensely helpful to have their perspective around where we can improve on positioning our jobs”

Mike Taylor, Talent at Serac Tech

We’re looking forward to helping them continue to hire talent as they continue to grow the team.

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