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November 8, 2012 12:13 am
Adzuna, a web search start-up based in south London, is providing up-to-the minute data on information such as jobs, salaries and house prices for a new government app being used by UK prime minister David Cameron.
The app, nicknamed the “Number 10 dashboard”, lets Mr Cameron, senior cabinet members and officials monitor the latest figures on anything from the number of UK job vacancies to opinion polls.
Adzuna, which specialises in aggregating online classified ads, feeds in data on jobs, salaries and properties in real time.
Andrew Hunter, its co-founder, said: “The fact that David Cameron is looking at our data makes us more authoritative. That we’re providing the government with data will give some more weight to our data business.”
The start-up, founded 16 months ago, sources some of its app’s data from more established names such as YouGov, which provides the polling data, and Google, which lets senior government figures know what people are searching for online at any given time.
The app also draws on traditional government data sources such as the Office for National Statistics and currently has around 100 data points feeding into it.
The Cabinet Office, which has spent almost a year working on the app, said: “This will aid better decision-making in government.
“As part of the reform agenda, the Cabinet Office has started work on a data visualisation dashboard for government departments, providing ministers and civil servants with better information on key public services.”
The app is currently at the beta stage and will be tested for any bugs before it is rolled out further across the government. The Cabinet Office would not say how much it has cost to develop.
Adzuna uses a “web crawler” program to search the internet for job vacancies and properties for sale, which it also compiles in an accessible form on its own website – making it possible for users to search thousands of classified ads in one place.
Doug Monro, the other co-founder, said: “Because we list all of the available jobs and properties in the UK in our search engine, we’re able to provide comprehensive and up-to-date data to the government, just as we do for free on our website.”
The company, which employs 12 people, is backed by venture capitalists Passion Capital, Accelerator Group and Index Ventures and has so far attracted £800,000 of funding.
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