buys Scottish website in latest expansion

26 Feb 2004

Denis O’Brien’s recruitment website has taken a 75pc stake in a Scottish recruitment website valued at around £1m sterling. is ranked at number two in the online recruitment sector in Scotland and the move builds on’s move into the Northern Ireland market in 2000 with the acquisition of

It is understood that aims to adapt its business model for the vibrant Scottish jobs market.

Maria Mahon, group CEO of and said: “The addition of to our portfolio is a natural progression for us. We have firmly established both and as the clear No.1 independently audited sites in their respective markets and look forward to achieving similar success in Scotland.

“Pat Kelly, who will continue in his role as Managing Director of, has done a tremendous job to date in establishing the website. I have no doubt that working with Pat and his team will prove to be a very fruitful partnership,” Mahon said.

It is estimated that over 250,000 people are actively searching for a job at any one time in Scotland. “This, combined with a very active and vibrant online community in Scotland, represents a strong and favourable growth opportunity for us. Our research estimates that the online recruitment market in Scotland is worth over stg £15m sterling.”

The managing director and founder of said that the website will continue to be run locally from the company’s Edinburgh and Dundee offices. “The key difference going forward will be that we’re now part of a successful team, and can learn from and in further building the business,” he said.

By John Kennedy