By Brigette Currin 2 minute read

We’re delighted to announce that we have secured £1 million funding from investors Episode 1 to better serve businesses in the utilities and telecoms sectors. The new capital will be used to secure key hires and to expand Pickr’s existing talent cloud of skilled workers. 

As a digital staffing platform, Pickr uses intelligent matching algorithms to identify the best candidates for vacant roles. Pickr  has the UK’s largest community of skilled industrial workers,  a talent cloud representing 17,000 workers across the UK that continues to grow. 

“Our customers win and lose contracts based on the speed at which they can scale their workforce. They need the right people with the right skills in the right place, often at short notice. If they can’t find them quickly, it can cost them dearly. We created Pickr specifically to solve this problem,” said Kane Halsey, CEO of Pickr. 

Kane Halsey CEO of Pickr


“We’ve already built a community of the workers our customers need – from groundworkers and cablers to fibre splicers and works supervisors – which means we can fulfil pretty much any requirement quickly and at low cost. Our average time to hire is just 15 hours and we’re 70 per cent cheaper than most recruitment agencies. 

“Our ultimate goal is to be the connector that everyone in the sector turns to, providing the best opportunities for the unsung heroes who work in all conditions to keep our economy moving and removing the pain and cost of resourcing for businesses in the supply chain.” 

Adrian Lloyd, the Episode 1 Director, explained why he had backed the start-up: “The Pickr team knows its niche and has proven its business model. The company is solving a real problem much more cost-effectively than traditional recruitment agencies and has all the ingredients needed to disrupt the marketplace. Utilities is a big enough market in itself to get us excited, but Pickr has potential well beyond into all aspect of the industrial workforce.”

If you’re a business looking to reduce the difficulty and cost of building a flexible workforce, get in touch. It’s never been quicker or easier to secure workers with the skills to move your business forward. If you’re a worker, check out of latest opportunities for regular flexible working in the utilities and telecoms sector.

For the full press release click here.