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Skyscanner to hire 100 software engineers to boost mobile success

Matthew Finnegan | Feb. 7, 2014
Skyscanner plans to hire around 100 software engineers this year as it aims to further improve mobile services that were "central" to recent revenue growth.

Skyscanner plans to hire around 100 software engineers this year as it aims to further improve mobile services that were "central" to recent revenue growth.

The global travel search site announced that revenues grew by 96 percent to £65.8 million during 2013 in its full year financial results, while site users doubled to reach 25 million unique visitors each month.

Skyscanner also doubled the number of downloads of its smartphone app as it attempted to capture more business via its mobile services, reaching 30 million downloads last year.

Gareth Williams, Skyscanner's CEO and co-founder said: "Our goal is to make booking travel as simple and as effortless as possible. We are tackling this goal head on in order to realise our vision of creating the best web and mobile travel search experience."

Skyscanner, formed by three IT professionals in 2001, is headquartered in offices in Edinburgh, with regional hubs in Singapore, Beijing and Miami.

During 2013 the company expanded, adding new offices in Glasgow and Barcelona, and doubled the number of staff during 2013 to 400 with the creation of over 200 jobs.

It now plans to create a further 200 jobs during 2014, at least 100 of which will be technology related, the firm told ComputerworldUK, with plans for further development of its mobile services.

The company is already advertising for a number of positions at its Edinburgh and Glasgow offices on its website, including mobile solution architect, data scientist and various other software engineer roles.

"This last year has proven to be our most successful to date and underlines the importance of offering a truly global travel search tool to travellers around the world," said Shane Corstorphine, Skyscanner's chief financial officer.

"We've built a platform to continue to support rapid growth over the coming years and we're now investing heavily to ensure we can continue to provide a great service to users."

 

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