The beverage company has flagged the online job ad as fake.
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa is not conducting a massive recruitment exercise in Kenya, as this Facebook post with a poster advertising jobs claims.
The job ad claims the beverage company needs 9,400 workers evenly distributed across the 47 counties in Kenya. The workers will be paid a daily wage of between Ksh 850 to Ksh 1,250, says the ad.
“The Coca-Cola Company is undergoing massive expansion and needs employees in branches across the 47 counties. This is in preparation for a higher demand season which normally begins on June 14. We are recruiting at least 200 workers per county,” the ad reads in part.
Advertised positions include cleaners, office messengers, guards and machine operators. Others are receptionists, secretaries, storekeepers, distributors, drivers and marketers, tea girls and warehouse supervisors, loaders and offloaders (sic).
However, the phone number provided on the fake ad is not the same as the one on Coca-Cola Beverages Africa’s official Twitter page.
Also, the layout of the fake job advertisement poster is not similar to the recent job ads from the company.
The Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Kenya has flagged the digital poster for casual worker jobs as “fake”. Similarly, the company has flagged another ad that asks interested applicants to submit their phone number, national ID number, and Ksh 300 license fee for their working papers (permit).
“Note that the Ksh 300 is refundable in case you miss the chance. If you accept our terms and conditions as stipulated above, kindly submit your details,” the job ad notes.
The poster is signed by an unidentified director which is another hint that the job ad is fake.
Further, the two job ads that have been flagged by the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa company share a similar phone number, which we identified is not the company’s official contact.
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Kenya has urged online users to disregard the two posters.
“Fake Job Alert! Please note that all our job opportunities are posted on our official Social Media Pages and our website,” the company cautions on Twitter.
A review of the company website shows no recruitment exercise for casual workers is ongoing. The only available opportunities are in the following departments: Cold Drinks Equipment, Commercial/Sales and Marketing, Finance and Procurement, Information Technology, Legal and Public Affairs/Communication and Stability, Logistics, Manufacturing, People and Culture (HR), Strategy and Performance.
PesaCheck has looked into a tweet with a poster advertising jobs for casual workers at Coca-Cola Beverages Africa and finds it to be a HOAX.
This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.
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