Fintech is the top sector to be employed in right now, according to the Rocket List of the best Europe-based startups to work at in 2022.
The list was put together by Otta and features 100 startups, based on the company’s employee growth rate, financial investment and overall mission.
38% of the companies on the list are fintechs, 17% are legal and HR startups, and 12% are travel and transport startups.
While many tech companies in Europe have had to lay off staff members in recent months to extend runways amid the economic downturn, the Rocket List companies are still growing their teams.
B2B buy now, pay later startup Mondu has the fastest-growing headcount in the list, up 4500% in the last 12 months. It's followed by Arive, a company delivering consumer goods to customers in under two hours, which increased its headcount by 1033% in the last year.
The Rocket List companies are currently advertising for 1,800 jobs on Otta’s platform with engineering roles the most frequently advertised, followed by sales and account management vacancies.
The three companies hiring the most are Deel, which organises global payroll for companies; Builder, a software development platform that doesn't require any coding knowledge; and open source cloud data platform Aiven. While they operate in different sectors, they're all B2B companies focused on software.
Deel's head of people Casey Bailey says that the company is "on the lookout for the best global talent" to help it "continue its growth trajectory" and develop its culture. Currently, it has over 170 open positions across many of its distributed teams including data, marketing, software engineering, operations, product, strategy, finance, legal and sales.
70% of the companies on the Rocket list are actively hiring in London, and 40% of the companies are hiring for remote roles in Europe.
Collectively raising $14bn from investors, the Rocket list companies raised 65% of that total in the last 12 months. The biggest rounds went to Saltpay, a payment service and software provider, Flink, a speedy grocery company, and Deel.
Around a fifth of the companies on the list are tech unicorns, including Paddle, a payments solution for SaaS startups, second-hand car marketplace Motorway, and Multiverse, the UK’s first edtech unicorn.
Sam Franklin, Otta’s cofounder and CEO, says that the company runs the Rocket List every year to help jobseekers find roles in fast-growing and exciting companies.
"We can see that, of course, hiring is down right now — but among this group of rapid growth companies there's (nearly) 2,000 jobs live on Otta, and they have, on average, 211% employee growth versus last year. These are companies that, despite everything, are on an amazing growth trajectory."
Check out the full list of companies below
Accurx — Patient communication for healthcare professionals
Aiven — Open-source cloud data management platform
Amenitiz — All-in-one hotel management platform
Arive — Quick delivery company for consumer brands
Atom Learning — Online learning platform for kids aged 7 to 11
Banxware — Revenue-based loans for SMEs
Beamery — Talent lifecycle management platform
Bigblue — Developer of ecommerce logistics tools
Blockchain.com — Cryptocurrency exchange and financial services firm
Builder — AI-powered software development that doesn't require coding knowledge
BVNK — Banking and payments built on crypto, for the digital economy
Capital on Tap — Credit card for small businesses
CausaLens — Low-code causal AI platform that mimics human decision-making
Charles — End-to-end conversational commerce SaaS
Circula — Employee finance app
Codat — Universal API for small business data
Cohere — Natural language processing AI platform
ComplyAdvantage — AI-powered fraud and AML risk detection
CreativeX — Creative analytics platform powered by AI
Creditspring — Membership loan service
CybSafe — Cybersecurity awareness and solutions for hybrid/remote companies
Dance — Ebike subscription service
Deel — Global payroll for employees and contractors
Descartes Underwriting — Parametric insurance for corporate clients and governments against climate-related risks
DICE — Event discovery and ticketing platform
DNA Script — DNA printing on demand for researchers
Dune — Crypto analytics and decoding Ethereum data to produce graphs and analysis from SQL queries
Easol — All-in-one platform for experience businesses
Elopage — SaaS platform for businesses to create and sell online courses, memberships and digital products
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Everphone — Equips and sets up businesses with smartphones and tablets
FINN — Car subscription service
Flink — Speedy grocery delivery service
Fonoa — Global API automating tax for internet economy companies
Form3 — Payment processing platform that connects into payment systems and across payment schemes
Gain.pro — Company profiles, information tracking and market data on private companies
GitGuardian — Security platform that detects sensitive information in source codes
Gravity Sketch — Collaborative 3D design platform
Grover — Technology rental platform
HiveMQ — Messaging platform to move data between connected devices
Hofy — Equipment and onboarding for remote companies
Hubble — Workspace search and booking platform
Hyperexponential — Modelling and analytics for data sets
Infogrid — AI-powered platform gathering sensor data to improve buildings' sustainability
Juro — All-in-one legal contract automation platform
Kitman Labs — Performance intelligence and analytics platform for sports teams
Kroo Bank — Digital-only social banking with a sustainability focus
Ledgy — Equity management platform
Legl — Client payments, onboarding and client software for law firms
Lepaya — Upskilling training modules for professionals
Let’s Do This — Booking platform for endurance sport events
Lifebit — Making biomedical data securely accessible
Localyze — Global hiring and management platform for companies and employees
Lokalise — Localisation platform for brands
Marshmallow — Tech-enabled alternative car and van insurance
Mayd — Speedy medication delivery service
Modifi — Helping SMEs finance and manage international trades
Mondu — Buy now, pay later option for B2B companies
Moonfare — Digital private equity platform offering investments at lower minimums
Moss — All-in-one expense management platform for finance teams
Motorway — Car marketplace
Multiverse — Connects apprentices with companies and selects candidates for interviews
Nilo.health — On-demand mental health platform for workplaces
Nothing — Consumer electronics company
Omnipresent — Global employment-as-a-service
Orderchamp — Wholesale marketplace for brands and retailers
Paddle — Payments, tax and subscriptions solution for SaaS
Palta — Developer tools for health and wellbeing apps
Payhawk — Payments and expense management solution
Pennylane — Financial management and accounting platform
Pigment — Business planning platform for companies
Planhat — Customer success software
Pleo — Company cards and expenses software
Pliant — Digital corporate credit card solutions
Primer — No-code automation for payments
Prisma — Open source developer tools
Proximie — AR collaboration for surgery
Proxymity — Investor communications platform
Qogita — B2B platform connecting wholesale sellers and buyers
Ravio — Compensation benchmarking insights for recruitment teams
Razor Group — Amazon aggregator
SaltPay — Payments service and software provider
Sastrify — Budgeting and procurement software
Scandit — Smart data capture for the modern enterprise
Sharpist — Digital coaching provider
Skello — Workforce management solutions
Snowplow — Behavioural data platform
Synthesia — Generates AI videos from text
Taptap Send — Low-cost money transfers
Techspert — Connecting the right minds to their customers' projects
TestGorilla — Pre-employment screening tests
Thirdfort — Automated ID verification, AML compliance and source of funds check
TicketSwap — Marketplace to buy and sell tickets
Upvest — Investment API
Wayflyer — Revenue-based financing for ecommerce brands
Y42 — Full-stack data platform
YardLink — Supply chain management for construction teams
Zeroheight — Design system documentation platform for product teams
Zilch — BNPL provider