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Your reasonably comprehensive guide to publicly-traded job boards

Most job boards are privately held – that’s just a fact. It’s the same in most industries, actually. But when folks knock on my door asking about the size of the job board market, they are usually looking at the publicly-held job board companies like Indeed (actually, they are part of Recruit) and ZipRecruiter. When I started in the industry, I remember only one publicly-held job board: Monster, which, as part of TMP, went public in 1996. My old employer Dice went public as part of Earthweb in 1998 (and then went private, and public again – but that’s another story). It of course makes complete sense that those outside of the industry look to the publicly-held companies – these are the only ones that must divulge their earnings and expenses. There are plenty of $10M, $30M, and $50M job boards out there – you just don’t know about them because they are private and (usually) niche.

But what about a (reasonably) comprehensive list of the publicly-held job boards? Well, I decided to give it a shot. Take a look below – and then tell me which ones I missed! For each job board, if it has a parent company, I note this in parentheses after the job board name. For some companies with multiple job boards, such as Seek, I just list the parent company. I’ve also tried to include where they were originally listed, and when.

  • 51Job: listed on Nasdaq in 2004; Chinese; job board (Note: is planning to go private)
  • Adevinta: listed on the Oslo Bors in 2019 (formerly part of Schibsted); Norwegian; multiple job boards
  • BizReach (Visional Inc.): listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2021; Japanese freelance marketplace
  • Boss Zhipin (Kanzhun): listed on Nasdaq in 2021; Chinese; job board
  • CareerBuilder (Apollo Global, etc.); listed on NYSE; U.S.; job board
  • Careers24 (Naspers): listed on Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1994; South African; job board
  • Dice (Dice Holdings): originally Earthweb (1998-2001); listed on NYSE; global job board
  • Dip Corp.: listed on TSE Mothers in 2004; Japanese; multiple job boards
  • Doximity: listed in 2021 on NYSE; U.S.; physician network
  • En-Japan.com: listed on Nippon New Market in 2001; Japanese; multiple job boards
  • Fiverr: listed on NYSE  in 2019; Israeli; freelance marketplace
  • Freelancer.com: listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2013; Australian; freelance marketplace
  • GetNinjas: listed on the São Paulo stock exchange B3 in 2021; Brazilian; freelance marketplace
  • Headhunter.ru: listed on Nasdaq in 2019; Russian; job board
  • Indeed & Glassdoor (Recruit Holdings); listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2014; Japanese; multiple global job boards
  • Lancers Inc: listed on the Toyko Stock Exchange in 2019; Japanese; freelance marketplace
  • LinkedIn: originally went public in 2011; purchased by Microsoft in 2016, now public as part of parent; professional network
  • Monster (Randstad): originally went public in 1996; global job board
  • Naukri (Info Edge): listed in 2006; Indian; job board
  • Pracuj (Grupa Pracuj) (December 2021): listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange; Polish; multiple job boards
  • Professional Diversity Networks: listed on Nasdaq in 2013; U.S.; multiple job boards
  • Recruiter.com: listed on Nasdaq in 2021; U.S.; multiple job boards
  • Saramin.co.kr: listed on the Korean Composite Index in 2012; Korean; job board, recruiting
  • Seek: originally listed in 2005 on the Australian Securities Exchange; Australian; multiple job boards
  • UpWork: listed on NYSE in 2018; U.S. freelance marketplace
  • Xing (New Work SE): listed in 2006; German; professional network
  • ZipRecruiter: listed on NYSE as direct listing in 2021; U.S.; job board, aggregator

In the process of becoming public (maybe?):

  • Stepstone: currently part of Axel-Springer and thus not public (AS went private in 2020 after 35 years of being publicly held); plans to IPO separately in 2022 on Frankfurt stock exchange
  • JobAndTalent: heavily funded and rapidly expanding; the Spanish site is rumored to be planning an IPO in 2023
  • Adzuna: the U.K.-based job aggregator is planning to list on the London Stock Exchange, possibly in 2022

So there you have it. Tell me which companies I missed and what I got wrong (or right!). And expect an update of this in another year or so.

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