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Recruit, LinkedIn and Monster Top List of Largest Global Job Boards

Staffing Industry Analysts Report Ranks Top 25 Job Boards in the World

Mountain View, Calif. – June 30, 2015 – Staffing Industry Analysts, the leading global advisor on contingent work, recently identified the 25 largest global job boards. Recruit topped the list with $2,253 million in revenue, followed by LinkedIn with $1,328 million and Monster with $770 million. Of the top 10 firms, five are headquartered in the U.S., but the other five are located in five different countries around the world.

The top 10 global job boards are:

Ranking Company 2014 Annual Revenue
(USD millions)
Country Headquarters
1 Recruit 2,253 Japan
2 LinkedIn 1,328 U.S.
3 Monster 770 U.S.
4 Gannet Media 713 U.S.
5 SEEK 688 Australia
6 Axel Springer 304 Germany
7 Craigslist 265 U.S.
8 Dice 263 U.S.
9 51Job 203 China
10 Mail.ru 197 Russia

Recruit, the number one ranked company, is an HR company headquartered in Japan and operates a number of job boards in Japan and other countries, including Indeed, which the company purchased in 2012. The largest job boards have an international presence and enjoy market-leading positions in a number of countries, but there are still strong national players such as Headhunter in Russia and 104 Corporation in Taiwan, with commanding positions in these markets. While most job boards cover multiple job disciplines, the report noted that many are focused on a particular sector like engineering and finance, and some effectively target specific worker types including recent graduates and people with disabilities

“As part of our research we identified large job boards with a combined revenue in excess of $7.8 billion U.S. dollars,” said John Nurthen, Staffing Industry Analysts executive director of global research. “Based on the best available information, we estimate the global market to be between $10 and $20 billion.”

Job Boards have their origins in the very early days of the internet, but revenue models have evolved from the late 1980s and now go much further than the classic job advertising model. According to the report, job boards themselves have also evolved and successful new job boards include job aggregators and job distributors as well as the social media giant LinkedIn.

About Staffing Industry Analysts
Staffing Industry Analysts is the global advisor on contingent work. Known for its independent and objective insights, the company's proprietary research, award-winning content, data, support tools, publications and executive conferences provide a competitive edge to decision-makers who supply and buy temporary staffing. In addition to temporary staffing, Staffing Industry Analysts also covers related staffing sectors. The company provides accreditation with its Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) program. Founded in 1989, acquired by Crain Communications Inc. in 2008, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in London, England. For more information: www.staffingindustry.com.

Media Contacts
Ann Gargiulo, Marketing Communications Manager, Staffing Industry Analysts, agargiulo@staffingindustry.com, 650-390-6171.

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