The company did not reveal the deal details, but said the financing round was one of the highest Series A valuations of any Southeast Asian startups.
Qerja said it will use the cash injection to invest in human resources and technological developments.
The eight-month old job site, which terms itself a community for sharing information about workplaces and salaries, currently operates in Indonesia and Malaysia. It had earlier obtained seed funding from Mountain Kejora Ventures.
Qerja.com’s co-founder Veronika Linardi said: “At Qerja.com, we want to eliminate the taboo of discussing salary and company reviews in Indonesia. Our solution helps talented employees find great new jobs and help great companies find talented new employees.”
Qerja is a community to share information about the work and salary range review, especially for local companies. It owns a database that consists of thousands of salary data and reviews from employees
In May 2014, Indonesian mobile telecom operator Indosat and Japanese Softbank had launched a $50 million venture capital fund – SB ISAT Fund – targeted at Indonesian start-ups, with focus areas for investment being e-commerce, digital, social media and mobile financial services.
Indosat-SoftBank’s managing partner Kabir Misra said in a statement that the fund was convinced that Qerja’s “innovative business structure, highly relevant strategies and talented management team would disrupt the large, lethargic incumbents currently in the region.”
Qerja says its user-generated online community is the first platform in Indonesia that sheds light into otherwise opaque compensation packages and hiring practices.
“Now, anyone can discover the salaries of various positions, the pros and cons for working at local conglomerates as well as multinational companies candidly from existing or past employees. We maintain the anonymity of everyone who provides information to protect their privacy,” added Veronika.