integrates industry-first search algorithm to enhance relevant applications

Sophisticated matching technology ensures that candidates quickly find the right job

27th January 2014: In an UK industry first, announces it has built a new search algorithm into the website to improve the quality of relevant results for candidates. The new algorithm, Stepmatch, continually learns and evolves to improve job matching on site.

Stepmatch combines computational linguistics, where computer science techniques analyse and synthesise language and speech, and assistive technologies to improve search results. The technology allows for contextual searches that closely match job titles with keywords. This helps eliminate common reasons for mismatching, for example, confusing the job title ‘Cook’ with the surname ‘Cook’.

Following a successful pilot, which saw applications increase by 4.09 per cent to 10.95 per cent depending on sector, Stepmatch has been seamlessly integrated into the existing website. The algorithm is also supported by a team of dedicated search professionals to tailor its features to suit every vertical market, providing enhanced matching.

John Salt, website director of, said:

“The recently reported economic growth is a promising sign for the job market, with unemployment figures beginning to drop. However, jobseekers are still facing serious competition in finding employment. Our investment in Stepmatch ensures the stress of finding the ‘right’ job is significantly reduced, so candidates can focus on the quality of their application, not the quantity of them.”  

Paul Smith, group marketing director at says:

“We are always looking for innovative ways to improve the job application process for candidates and to deliver better results for recruiters.  The algorithm’s matching system is not based on dictionaries, but learns as recruiters and jobseekers continually use the technology. This represents a significant increase in performance and results for all users.”