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Google reveals new job application service called Google Hire

14 Apr 2017

Not happy with its current list of endless tools for people and companies, Google is now looking at job application tracking systems.

Around 18 months ago, Google snapped up Bebop, spending $380m on the start-up created by VMware co-founder Diane Greene.

With Bebop’s productivity tools, it was unclear exactly what Google was interested in doing, though Greene soon became the company’s head of cloud operations.

“Bebop is a new development platform that makes it easy to build and maintain enterprise applications,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the time.

“We think this will help many more businesses find great applications, and reap the benefits of cloud computing,”

Now we know what those benefits mean, in Google’s eyes.

Bebop has developed Google Hire, the tech giant’s entry into job application management.

Google Hire is a job application tracking system, enabling an employer to post job listings, as well as accept, track and manage applications.

Its soft release has seen a handful of companies jump on board, including CoreOS, DramaFever, Medisas, Poynt and SingleHop.

Google Hire’s release makes up a busy week for the company.

Google recently launched its latest machine learning experiment, calling on the public to flex their doodling skills to see if AI can guess what they’re drawing. With AutoDraw, the human has to doodle whatever shape comes to mind, and the AI must use its image-matching algorithm to determine the possibilities.

Elsewhere, Google is caught up in a gender pay gap dispute in the US, after the country’s Department of Labor said it had evidence of monetary disparity between men and women at the company.

In a statement released on Google’s blog, Eileen Naughton, vice-president of people operations, said: “Google conducts rigorous, annual analyses so that our pay practices remain aligned with our commitment to equal pay practices.”

Naughton said the analysis used is extremely scientific, robust and blind to gender. “Our analysis gives us confidence that there is no gender pay gap at Google,” she said.

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Gordon Hunt joined Silicon Republic in October 2014 as a journalist. He spends most of his time avoiding conversations about music, appreciating even the least creative pun and rueing the day he panicked when meeting Paul McGrath. His favourite thing on the internet is the ‘Random Article’ link on Wikipedia.

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