SEEK, RMIT and the University of Melbourne have jointly been awarded $394,000 in research funding by the Australian Research Council (ARC) through the Linkage Projects scheme.

The research and development funds, combined with the contribution from SEEK will exceed $0.5million. The funds will go toward furthering SEEK’s understanding of the job seeking, vacancy filling and talent sourcing process happening through SEEK’s search products.

SEEK, which was recently listed as the 14th most innovative growth company globally by Forbes, constantly pushes the boundary of knowledge to offer the best search and matching products to both candidates and hirers. The innovations that come out of this project will not only extend the wider search community’s understanding of complex search scenarios, they will also equip SEEK with the ability to customise the search experience to better connect candidates to hirers and vice versa based on their needs, preferences and circumstances.

Being awarded this grant is a real testament to the great work of this combined team said SEEK Managing Director of Employment Michael Ilczynski

“We have highly talented people at SEEK who come from industry and academic backgrounds and it’s been fantastic to drive our passion for innovation in the area of employment with the support of RMIT and Melbourne University.”

The ARC Linkage Projects scheme was set up to support and encourage Research and Development collaboration between higher education researchers and the private sector or government agency.

SEEK has been working with RMIT and The University of Melbourne, who are international leaders in the area of search, since 2014. SEEK has strong relationships on various levels with these institutions, ranging from student project and conference sponsorship, to the recruitment of PhD graduates as SEEK employees. In addition to that, a number of SEEK Product Managers in the Search team have a long history of collaboration with these world-renowned researchers at RMIT and the University of Melbourne.


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