OfferZen, a curated online recruitment marketplace, has been ranked as one of Africa’s top companies to watch in Fast Company’s World’s 100 Most Innovative Companies of the Year.
Founded by brothers Malan and Philip Joubert, OfferZen has successfully flipped the traditional recruitment model for software developers on its head – and within just one year, has built up a comprehensive client list of leading brands and a growing rate of permanent placements for skilled software developer professionals.
Fast Company, an award-winning international business media brand, is renowned for its annual recognition of enterprises that display excellence in innovation. “Our axiom when we set out to build our list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies has always been that whatever challenges may be buffeting business – political uncertainty, market instability, international unrest – there are always pockets of extraordinary achievement,” claims the organisation.
To arrive at the final list, Fast Company’s editorial team partner with data analysts Quid to review information on thousands of businesses across the globe. They aim to identify creative business models with progressive solutions and honour those enterprises that impact positively on society.
The OfferZen platform has revolutionised the recruitment process for software developers by allowing companies to come to them with interview requests and upfront information about the job, rather than having the developers apply for advertised positions. The developers can assess the company, role and compensation before accepting the interview request. This makes it much faster for companies to reach out to and hire software developers, enabling hiring managers to recruit directly for their teams.
OfferZen’s specialised platform means that it has established a pipeline of high-calibre, accessible developers, which makes the entire process more appealing than alternatives like job boards or traditional recruitment firms, for both the developer and the employee.
“This is what makes our role so crucial,” says Malan. “We ensure that the companies signed up with us are top-level employers, so that software developers can be sure that they are finding the best jobs that are out there and the companies are finding the best software developers available to them.”
After only one year of operation, OfferZen already boasts more than one permanet placement per day, and their client list includes over 300 highly successful brands such as Barclays, GetSmarter, Takealot, Allan Gray, Zappi, Superbalist, RhinoAfrica and 24.com. “OfferZen is honoured to be featured on the Fast Company list, and I think that over the next year, it will become clear just how disruptive our model is to the incumbents in the recruitment industry,” says Malan.