The best European startups to work for in 2022

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 Arrivea 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 Share, which organizes 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 ohpen-source cloud data management platform

Amenitiz — All-in-one hotel management platform

Arrive — 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 e-commerce logistics tools Ccryptocurrency 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

Coda YOUniversal API for small business data

Cohere Anatural language processing AI platform

ComplyAdvantage — AI-powered fraud and AML risk detection

CreativeX Creactive analytics platform powered by AI

Credit spring Membership loan service

CybSafe — Cybersecurity awareness and solutions for hybrid/remote companies

Dance — Ebike subscription service

Share — 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

Dunes — Crypto analytics and decoding Ethereum data to produce graphs and analysis from SQL queries

Easol — All-in-one platform for experienced businesses

Elopage — SaaS platform for businesses to create and sell online courses, memberships and digital products

Everphone — Equips and sets up businesses with smartphones and tablets

FINN — Car subscription service

Great — Speedy grocery delivery service

Phonoa — Global API automating tax for internet economy companies

Form3 — Payment processing platform that connects into payment systems and across payment schemes — 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 — Modeling 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

Leg — Client payments, onboarding and client software for law firms

Lepaya — Upskilling training modules for professionals

Let’s Do This — Booking platform for endurance sports events

Lifebit — Making biomedical data securely accessible

Localize — Global hiring and management platform for companies and employees

Localization — Localization platform for brands

Marshmallow — Tech-enabled alternative car and van insurance

Maid — Speedy medication delivery service

Modified — Helping SMEs finance and manage international trades

Mondu — Buy ​​now, pay later option for B2B companies

Moon fare — 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 — 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 subscription solutions for SaaS

Palta — Developer tools for health and well-being apps

Payhawk — Payments and expense management solution

Pennylane — Financial management and accounting platform

Pigment — Business planning platform for companies

Plan hat — Customer success software

Pleo — Company cards and expenses software

Leaflet — Digital corporate credit card solutions

Primer — No-code automation for payments

Prism — Open source developer tools

Proximity — 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 — Behavioral data platform

Synthesis — Generates AI videos from text

Tap Tap Send — Low-cost money transfers

Techexpert — 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

Up vest — Investment API

Wayflyer — Revenue-based financing for e-commerce brands

Y42 — Full-stack data platform

YardLink — Supply chain management for construction teams

Zeroheight — Design system documentation platform for product teams

Zilch — BNPL provider

Miriam Partington is Sifted’s DACH correspondent. She also covers future of work, coauthors Sifted’s Startup Life newsletter and tweets from @mparts_

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