updatedge is a technology company powering the future of accurate live availability for recruiters, business hirers and workers

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Our mission is to solve the never-ending frustration recruitment agencies, recruitment consultants, business hirers and temporary workers, suffer communicating people availability.

We want to remove the inefficiencies of communicating, gathering and recording repeatedly changing availability and have solved this with updatedge, which gives live availability to any contacts, when it is needed.

We believe availability shared easily benefits everybody and to reach these benefits we designed the updatedge platform to be fully open so anybody can use it and plug it in to any existing systems.

Temp recruitment experience

It all started in 2008 when the founder of updatedge set up a temp recruitment agency 4myschools with the intention of maximising the use of technology to give schools and teachers greater choice whilst automating much of the repetitive activities and admin most temp agencies endure.

Back then the model consisted of an online database with browser access providing supply teachers, for schools to choose who they wanted from a list of available staff or for the application to automatically match job offers with skills and assign teachers with the appropriate skills to vacancies.  At the time it sounded perfect for everybody.

But after a few years it was clear the model didn’t work.

Why didn’t it work?   

As with many things there wasn’t just one challenge there were several:

  • The main issue was that it was a “closed” exclusive online service, limited to only schools and teachers using the 4myschools online service.

This meant that when there was no maths teacher on the day needed the school had to try alternative agencies which they could have done before using the online system and naturally thought twice about using it next time.

  • Fulfilling demand from all hirers consistently, meant having a very large pool of teachers, with excess capacity, of vetted poised workers waiting for assignments.

A difficult task that perhaps only the very largest agencies might achieve along with ensuring all the temp workers were ready to respond to offers at any time.

  • Workers waiting for assignments with sporadic demand from schools meant there was limited value for workers to update their profile or keep their availability current.
  • Convincing enough hirers and workers to consistently use the online system to achieve critical mass was very difficult.

On reflection it is obvious that any closed exclusive online system with no access to teachers from other agencies would never be able to satisfy all hirers or workers.

Out of these early experiences and with the support of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme hosted by UCL in London the updatedge model was developed.


updatedge is a SaaS (Software as a Service) business.


updatedge has a published subscription API (Application Program Interface) enabling any hirer or recruitment agency to benefit from easy access to their contacts latest availability and to receive this automatically into any core systems.

Recruitment Agencies Applications

updatedge integrates with all leading recruitment CRM software applications, supplementing existing functionality without the turmoil of major technical change.

Portal Access

For smaller businesses and individuals who want to use the service without any integration, updatedge is available via the internet.  The portal is complimentary with the option to invite unlimited numbers of contacts and have unlimited users.

Mobile App

Contacts invited to share their availability, via the portal can download the complimentary mobile app to their smart phones from the App Store or Google Play.

How do users benefit from updatedge?


Most temporary agency workers availability constantly changes, capturing this is time-consuming, frustrating and expensive but at the same time essential.

updatedge removes the necessity to do this, increases productivity, along with orders coming directly from hirers, saves users time, significantly reduces costs and importantly gives a competitive advantage.


Hirers want good quality temp workers for all their events, updatedge gives all hirers full control and choice of the staff they engage, including requesting assignments directly from their chosen recruiters.


Workers choose how often, where and when they work by sharing their latest availability with any hirers and agencies leading to more work and a better quality of work too.

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