A Glasgow-based tech startup has launched a platform to help companies hire top UK digital talent faster as remote working trends continue.

The artificial intelligence-driven technology transforms how firms source and on-board tech experts in the gig economy.

Gigged.AI is aiming to take on larger players in a market that it is estimated will total £1.95 trillion by 2025.

Company chief executive and co-founder Rich Wilson, formerly a senior executive with Gartner and a current board member with the The Data Lab, said: “After a decade spent in leadership roles in HR and staffing, I knew technology could vastly improve the on-boarding of on-demand talent.

“The whole dynamic has shifted even further since the pandemic, and we’ve been able to take our vision through to market entry because of the hard work of our chief technology officer Craig Short and his team. With as much as 90 per cent of work being done remotely, we’re already helping clients find the best digital talent much faster than ever before.”

Gigged.AI received funding in 2020 from Innovate UK, going on to receive the top rating from the innovation agency against over 1,500 other completed projects.

In March, John Brodie was appointed as the company’s non-executive chairman and the company is now targeting an investment round of up to £1 million to support ongoing product development, grow its team and open an office in London.

Brodie founded Aquila Insight in 2012, building the data analytics specialist ahead of the acquisition by US marketing agency Merkle in 2017.

Brodie said: “The future of work and the gig economy are hot topics right now and Gigged.AI is an innovative product with huge growth potential. The team has achieved a lot in a short space of time, and I’m excited to help support Rich, Craig and the team through their next phase of growth.”

In January, Angela Brown, formerly finance director at Symphonic Software, acquired by Ping in November 2020, was appointed as Gigged.AI’s chief technology officer.

In addition to hiring over 10 additional people to the Gigged.AI team before the end of the year, the company is also planning to launch an internal talent marketplace product for larger enterprises by the beginning of 2022.

Wilson added: “Overall, our vision is to accelerate the future of work to ensure clients and on-demand talent have a simple and effective way to connect and work together in a post-Covid 19 economy that has changed monumentally over the last fifteen months.