Firms Can Now Access Over 182,000 Pre-vetted Nigerian Jobseekers

Mastercard Foundation

Jobberman facilitators conducting interviews at a Live Soft Skills training session in Lagos, Nigeria.

Jobberman, the single largest job placement website in sub-Saharan Africa, announced its Alliance for Better Work campaign as part of its longstanding partnership with the Mastercard Foundation. Companies, ranging from large corporations to SMEs, in Lagos, Kano and Kaduna will be able to capitalise on access to over 182,000 pre-vetted jobseekers between 18-35, segmented by industry and qualification level and with a core focus on the agricultural, creative, and digital sectors in Nigeria

The employer-centred initiative is geared to radically bolster recruitment in Nigeria, focusing on driving female hires and providing integrated end-to-end support on the easy-to-use online jobs platform.

The Alliance for Better Work has been designed to improve job retention, workplace productivity, business development and, crucially, bridge the gap on gender unemployment which is currently 31.6% compared to 22.9% for men. To date, employers have faced challenges such as the cost of training new employees, a flood of unfiltered applications and a wide skills gap.

The campaign will run in parallel to Jobberman's successful soft skills training program, which has already equipped 182,494 young people between 18-35 for the workplace while placing several women and youth in dignified employment. The latest drive will see the pioneering platform draw from its leading expertise in the market to tackle both strands of recruitment with equal volition and reach its target of securing employment for 3 million young people by 2025.

The Alliance will establish a commitment between Jobberman and employers in the agriculture, creative and digital sectors to hire better and move beyond the inertia of costly recruitment processes. According to The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Acquisition Benchmarking Report, the average time-to-fill position is estimated to be 36 days, with the average cost per hire being $4,425. For a bad hire, Career Builder reports that this cost could be up to $15,000, citing the SHRM report. Furthermore, Undercover Recruiter stated that bad hires could cost up to $240,000 in expenses (including hiring, pay, and retention), inhibiting growth and productivity.

Jobberman's end-to-end support for the exclusive club of employers begins with the job listing. This involves building a bespoke job profile and brand amplification, to post-hiring support such as employee verification, free personality tests on request, offers discounts on functional/technical assessments, personality, and psychometric tests for existing staff and working with training groups that offer functional training across the three sectors and much more. Additionally, all pre-vetted candidates are soft skills trained and have had background checks and verification done through established third-party partners.

Speaking on the campaign, Rolake Rosiji, CEO of Jobberman Nigeria, said, "The Alliance for Better Work is ultimately about unlocking the competitive advantage of Nigerian companies, often lost in long and poor cycles of recruitment. By joining forces with Nigeria's most astute companies we aim to set a standard of progressive recruitment practices that will allow businesses to flourish. Employees are a company's greatest asset and Jobberman has the experience, the tools, platform and the resources to make this a reality for employers."

"The Mastercard Foundations Young Africa strategy aims to give 10 million youth, and women access to dignified and fulfilling work in Nigeria – 70% of which must be women. The Foundations' partnership with Jobberman is one of the many ways that we intend to achieve this. The launch of the Alliance for Better Work Campaign is intentional in filling the gap in the recruitment process, particularly as it pertains to gender unemployment. We look forward to seeing its impact,' said Country Head Nigeria, Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson.

With over a decade in the recruitment business, Jobberman has used its platform to develop job seeker skill sets, identify gaps in the labour market, and streamline employers' hiring processes. The partnership with the Mastercard Foundation is steering a transformative change in the issues surrounding unemployment in Nigeria, which aims to train 5 million job seekers and place 3 million in dignified employment over the next five years.

Companies interested in being a part of the Alliance for Better Work campaign can send an email to

About Jobberman Founded in 2009, Jobberman is an online platform that provides training and placement for jobseekers, as well as the best selection of candidates for companies hiring. It is the single largest job placement website in sub-Saharan Africa and has the vision to become the leading source of talent in every market it operates in by simplifying job searching and talent acquisition and matching the right set of skills with employers' needs. For more information about the online placement platform, visit

Jobberman | Mastercard Foundation

Jobberman, the single largest online job placement and training website in sub-Saharan Africa, has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to tackle unemployment in Nigeria.

About the Mastercard Foundation The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organisations to enable young people in Africa and in Indigenous communities in Canada to access dignified and fulfilling work. It is one of the largest, private foundations in the world with a mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. The Foundation was created by Mastercard in 2006 as an independent organisation with its Board of Directors and management.

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