Taleo and SHL Sign Premier Partnership

Recognized Industry Leaders Provide Broadest and Deepest Global Selection Science Solution CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - October 15, 2008) - HR Technology Conference -- Taleo Corporation (NASDAQ: TLEO), the leader of on-demand talent management solutions, and SHL Group Ltd., the world leader in providing talent assessment solutions, today announced they have entered a premier partnership agreement, which provides their customers with integrated objective assessment tools for pre-employment screening and staff development at all levels. SHL is known for its rigorous selection science and boasts one of the broadest and deepest assessment libraries in the industry. With local offices in more than 50 countries around the world, SHL's tools and services are developed globally and deployed locally, ensuring that the solutions needed at the local level benefit from a complete understanding of language and cultural differences. "We are thrilled about partnering with Taleo, as our combined solutions will help ensure that companies source candidates that meet the right criteria, increasing the chances of making a successful hire," said John Bateson, CEO, SHL. "We look forward to a strong, successful partnership over the long term." The combined suite of assessment tools provides a single platform that offers several features recruiters can use to source for qualified talent. Through a pre-built integration, customers will be able to take advantage of SHL's easy-to-use assessment products without having to conduct costly custom integrations. "We're pleased to strengthen our relationship with such a well known and respected industry leader," said Jeff McClure, senior director global alliances and business development. "For Taleo, this represents a significant partnership that will provide us with unprecedented global reach for recruitment software and selection science." The partnership also reinforces Taleo's cloud computing strategy for talent management, the Talent Grid. Recently announced at TaleoWORLD 2008, the Talent Grid will be comprised of third party solutions such as background checks, assessments and salary data, as well as content from customers' talent pools, social networks, talent management best practices and successful methodologies. Combined, this will offer customers who plug into the grid the ability to radically change and improve the way they assess, acquire, engage and retain their talent to drive business performance. About Taleo Taleo (NASDAQ: TLEO) is the leader in on-demand unified talent management solutions that empowers organizations of all sizes to assess, acquire, develop and align their workforce for improved business performance. More than 3,600 organizations use Taleo for talent acquisition and performance management, including 47 of the Fortune 500 and more than 2,900 small and medium sized businesses, across 200 countries and territories. Known for its strong configurability and usability, Taleo's talent management platform runs on a world-class infrastructure and offers 99.9% availability. Taleo's Talent Grid harnesses the resources of the Taleo community of customers, candidates, and partners to power the talent needs of companies around the world. About SHL Group Ltd. SHL Group, the global leader in talent assessment solutions in the workplace, supports organizations in the selection and development of people at all levels and across all sectors. Operating in more than 50 countries and in more than 30 languages, SHL offers the world's largest portfolio of assessment tools and delivers innovative approaches to help organizations increase productivity, identify future leaders and gain a competitive advantage through improved people performance. In the last 12 months, SHL has delivered over two million objective assessments. SHL works with thousands of organizations worldwide, including 80% of the FTSE 100 and 50% of the Fortune 500. For more information, please visit www.shl.com. Forward-looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the expected benefits and results from using Taleo's products and services. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon Taleo's historical performance and its current plans, estimates and expectations and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looking statements represent Taleo's expectations as of the date of this press release. Subsequent events may cause these expectations to change, and Taleo disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements in the future. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. Further information on potential factors that could affect actual results is included in Part I, Item 1A of Taleo's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the SEC on March 14, 2008, Part II, Item 1A of Taleo's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, as filed with the SEC on August 11, 2008, and in other reports filed by Taleo with the SEC. Media Contacts: United States Jaime Spuhler Taleo Corporation 904.493.8851 e-mail: jspuhler@taleo.com This announcement was originally distributed by Hugin. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.