Job site raises money for mobile presence

23 Jan 2017

The short-term jobs site Qapa in France raised €11 million ($11.8 million U.S.) from Index Ventures Fund and its shareholders Partech Ventures and 360 Capital Partners. It intends to use the funds to expand its presence in France’s interim-jobs market by way of a mobile focus.

Currently employing a staff of 25, Qapa plans to employ 100 people by the end of the year.

Qapa accentuates that it is a Big Data company with a strong matching algorithm. Candidates don’t have to fill out any forms when applying, since the site automatically collects and fills in the information.

It also automatically generates employment contracts, and pays the candidate. These services are free for job seekers, but companies are charged a commission, usually 15 percent of the new hire’s gross salary. The site also carries advertisements.

Launched in 2011 with an initial investment of €1.7 million, Qapa calls itself “the job site for the entire nation”.

Qapa specializes in various vacancies, but leans towards those with limited-term contracts. The interim-jobs market in France is estimated to be valued at around €24 billion per year. Qapa aims to gain about 3 percent of this market, and to make an annual turnover of €500,000.

The site has 450,000 listings and 1.1 million total visitors per month, according to SimilarWeb.


Anastasia Gnezditskaia

Anastasia Gnezditskaia has joined AIM Group in 2014 as a writer/analyst covering France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Eastern Europe. A Russian living in Antwerp, Belgium, she has a background working for trade publications covering markets and their regulation. She is educated at Moscow State Lomonosov University (MA in psychology) and Central European University (PhD in public policy). After obtaining her doctoral degree, she taught international political economy at George Washington University in Washington DC where she lived for 10 years. Following this she managed international development projects in Africa at the World Bank, and worked as a journalist covering Congress, federal government agencies and commodity markets, particularly shale gas development in North America.