StepStone ASA today announced that it has expanded its portfolio of products and services through the acquisition of EasyCruit AS in Norway. EasyCruit develops, markets and supports EasyCruit HR, already established as the leading online recruitment solution in the Norwegian market with over 50 customers, as well as operating Norway’s leading job site for part-time employment, deltidsjobb.no. This acquisition will allow StepStone to accelerate its adoption in the fast-developing market for online recruitment solutions, as well as expanding its coverage in the traditional job board market in Norway.
In the market for Recruitment Solutions, EasyCruit HR is particularly appropriate to organisations looking for an efficient yet simple product, complementing StepStone’s existing OneStep and Hire.com solutions. In addition to its established market in Norway, EasyCruit HR will be immediately made available through StepStone’s organisations in Denmark and Sweden, fully localised to these market requirements.
The deltidsjobb.no job site, with its specialised focus on part-time jobs, complements StepStone’s existing job site in Norway. The deltidsjobb site will continue to support the needs of candidates and employers in the part-time sector. Over the coming months, the site will be migrated to StepStone’s common online recruitment platform and linked with StepStone’s Norwegian job site providing a single destination for all job seekers and recruiters in Norway. Already all vacancies from deltidsjobb.no have been made available at www.stepstone.no, whilst customers of EasyCruit HR now have the option to post their jobs to StepStone.
Colin Tenwick, CEO of StepStone said, “Over the last 2 years, EasyCruit has proven its product and business model with organisations such as Adecco, Coca Cola, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Shell. With the added resources of StepStone we are confident we can build a clear leadership position in the emerging market for ‘On Demand’ recruiting.”
Under the leadership of Sverre Hvas and Kjetil J. Olsen, EasyCruit has grown rapidly over 4 years and is now the leading provider of online recruitment solutions in Norway. The market for cost-effective and easy-to-adopt solutions is expected to grow rapidly, and the combination with StepStone will help ensure that EasyCruit continues to build its market-leadership position. By making EasyCruit HR available through its organisations across the Nordic region, StepStone will accelerate it adoption as a leader in the market for “On Demand” recruiting solutions.
In addition, StepStone will develop new combined products and services linking the benefits of private recruitment solutions with the reach of the public job board. This will provide recruiters with easier access to more candidates whilst retaining the benefits and power of having their own online recruitment management system.
Sverre Hvas, CEO of EasyCruit commented, “Being part of StepStone gives us the ability and resources to drive our business to the next level. Our existing 50 customers are only the tip of the iceberg. With over 7,000 companies of more than 50 employees in Norway alone, we see huge opportunities for growth as more and more companies move their recruiting online.”
About EasyCruit AS
EasyCruit offers solutions to make its customers’ recruitment process more efficient and automatic. The EasyCruit HR product is especially designed for employers who need an efficient yet simple tool to allow them to recruit online. EasyCruit HR was launched in March 2003 under its original name of misterHR. Today EasyCruit HR has over 50 customers including Adecco, Coca Cola, Elkjøp, EuroPark, Falck Norway, Hafslund, Innovation Norway, McDonald's, Mester Grønn, Norgesgruppen, Pfizer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Shell, Steria, and TNT. In addition, the company operates the market-leading job board for part-time jobs in Norway at www.deltidsjobb.no, which was launched in June 2000. EasyCruit AS is headquartered in Oslo with additional employees at its technical development centre in Ålesund.
About StepStone ASA
StepStone was founded in Norway in 1996 and pioneered the development of online recruitment in Europe. Today StepStone is Europe's leading provider of online recruitment services and solutions. StepStone's public career sites cover 13 European countries, providing high-quality candidates to recruiters quickly and effectively through individually focused campaigns. StepStone's recruitment solutions allow customers to operate their own private career sites, covering both external and internal candidates. Thousands of companies, including Tandberg, IKEA, Coca Cola, Deutsche Bank, Toyota Motor Europe, Whirlpool Corporation, Levi Strauss, Bertelsmann, KLM, Manpower, Vedior and KPMG, use StepStone's services to help them recruit qualified staff across Europe. For more information see www.stepstone.com.
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