Secret Escapes


Secret Escapes is the worst-kept secret in luxury travel. A members-only travel company specialising in heavily discounted luxury hotel stays and trips, Secret Escapes negotiate exclusive rates at up to 60% off the price you’d pay by booking anywhere else. 
Founded in 2011, Secret Escapes is one of the world’s most innovative travel commerce enterprises. Offering prices better than any other luxury travel operator, Secret Escapes has over 50 million members worldwide. 
Secret Escapes has seen huge growth, having acquired Travista, JustBook and mycitytravel and securing £156 million in funding since its inception.

The challenge

For Secret Escapes, a strong, current pipeline of potential candidates is critical to their success. Needing at least 100 technical candidates in the pipeline each month for front-end, UX, Java and DevOps roles, speed was also crucial. 
Having a small recruitment team to hire for the entire business and not just tech roles, the team at Secret Escapes needed help with their ambition tech hiring plans. They wanted to be able to hire tech talent on demand, but this wasn’t the only hurdle they faced. 
Because Secret Escapes is seen as a travel company and not a tech company, finding a way to showcase their tech stack was equally as important, in order to hire top quality candidates.

The solution

Because relevancy was vital, Vodafone concentrated on hackajob’s bespoke AI-matching algorithm. Choosing to trial hackajob’s platform blind against another well-known tech career marketplace, Vodafone found that hackajob always came out on top and would always provide relevant candidates, something that other tech recruitment platforms failed to do. Favouring the end-to-end support combined with hackajob’s algorithms, Vodafone could be confident that not only were they interviewing the right candidates for the roles on offer, but that their overall perception from a ‘mobile-only’ to a ‘tech-first’ brand was changing for the better also. With hackajob providing a 72% candidate relevancy rate, Vodafone were able to hire 20 candidates in just one year.

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Tom Glover

Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Dunnhumby

dunnhumby and hackajob have built a fantastic relationship over the past three years. For us, what sets them apart is not just the consistent quality of the candidates they provide us across all areas of our tech recruitment (although this is a great strength). It is the dedication and professionalism of their Customer Success Team and their desire to understand our business and help us deliver our hiring objectives that really sets them apart from any other job platform!

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