Flexible staffing platform Syft expands to Cardiff

Flexible staffing platform Syft is set to open an office in Cardiff following successful trials in other cities across the UK.

This is the sixth location for the venture capital-backed start-up. It’s already launched in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham.

In 2015, Jack Beaman – who studied political science at Cardiff University – founded the company to help increase wages and opportunities for UK workers.

Having raised £8.75 million in funding, Syft is a high-growth business that provides fully vetted, highly skilled workers for the hospitality, events and industrial sectors. 

The company is looking to take on the traditional staffing agency model – offering employers control, choice and low agency fees and workers with higher pay and perks. 

Syft hopes to tap into Cardiff’s thriving hospitality and events scene, as well as its industrial and warehousing presence.

“Thousands upon thousands of jobseekers – such as those in the local student population – will enjoy above-average wages and control over their work scheduling,” explained the company.

So far, 2018 has been a big year for Syft. It’s acquired culinary recruitment agency PBL Chefs and won the prestigious Recruitment Technology Innovation of the Year award at the Recruiter Awards.

It was also placed seventh on the Start-ups 100, and in July, Syft was awarded the Hottest Platform Economy trophy at The Europas 2018 run by Tech Crunch. 

Jack said the app has a lot of history in Cardiff and wants to provide Welsh businesses with high-quality staff to help them grow. He’s also eying up international expansion.

“The idea for Syft came about while I worked and studied in Cardiff, so I’m really happy that local jobseekers and employers now have a new high-quality service to utilise,” he told Tech Dragons.

“As a number of our existing clients are using Syft in Cardiff and we’re taking on many new Syfters, it won’t be long before we’re a firm presence in the city – and can expand even further afield.”