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Global Payroll Platform Deel Acquires African-based HRTech Company PaySpace

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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The acquisition of the African company PaySpace has been announced by Deel, a payroll and HR company with headquarters in San Francisco.


It is one of the company’s biggest acquisitions to date, with an estimated cost of $100 million, though the exact amount is still unknown. 

This acquisition closely follows Deel’s $20 million purchase of the German people development platform Zavvy. Artificial intelligence (AI) startup Zavvy is based in Munich and creates tools for performance management, training, and individualized career advancement.

Benefits of Aligning PaySpace with Deel 

Over 14,000 customers use PaySpace’s software and services in 44 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. The company is based in Johannesburg. Prominent patrons comprise global conglomerates like Heineken, Coca-Cola Beverages, and Puma Sports SA.

The acquisition is intended to increase its footprint in Africa. Deel is a $12 billion HR startup that operates in over 70 countries and specializes in talent hiring, payment, and management.

PaySpace was established in 2007 by Bruce, Clyde, Warren, and George Karageorgiades. PaySpace’s technology complements Deel’s current platform because both businesses concentrate on offering streamlined and effective payroll solutions.

Deel’s global payroll platform can benefit from PaySpace’s HR tech know-how and software, which can expand its functionality. By integrating PaySpace’s technology, the company can provide its users with a more thorough and seamless payroll experience. It’s an intriguing mix of advantages that businesses and their clients can take advantage of. 

What Deel Intends To Gain With This Acquisition 

The worldwide payroll platform of the tech company may gain from the company’s acquisition of PaySpace in a number of ways. Through the integration of PaySpace’s HR tech expertise based in Africa, Deel will be able to expand its services and improve its capabilities within the African market. 

Through this acquisition, Deel gains access to PaySpace’s current clientele, familiarity with regional laws, and pre-existing infrastructure. All things considered, it’s a calculated move that could help Deel improve its position and offer superior payroll services across the globe.

By adding new features and capabilities, the integration of PaySpace’s technology will make Deel’s platform better. Deel is able to provide more sophisticated payroll solutions, such as improved automation, compliance management, and reporting tools, thanks to PaySpace’s HR tech expertise.

What is in for the Users?

With this integration, users will benefit from a more thorough and effective payroll experience, which will facilitate the business management of their international workforce. It’s a thrilling advancement for both Deel’s platform and its users.

Deel Futuristic Plans 

Thanks to acquisitions like PayGroup, an APAC payroll provider, Deel now owns the entire HR stack—local teams and payroll engines—across six continents, according to CEO and co-founder Alex Bouaziz. In the next four years, Deel wants to provide native payroll engines to 100 countries. Director of PaySpace Clyde van Wyk commended Deel’s disruptive strategy for enhancing its offering in a statement, noting that PaySpace also employs a similar approach.

With the purchase of PaySpace, Deel will expand into the enterprise HR market and attract more clients to join its already impressive clientele, which already includes Klarna, Shopify, and Hermes.

This acquisition demonstrates an increasing pattern of deals between African-founded businesses and their international counterparts, demonstrating the growing impact and awareness of African startups in the international tech arena.


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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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