There's good news
for job seekers amid the economic slowdown. According to reports, temporary employment opportunities are up 25 per cent over last year as companies
rushed to staff-up for the festive season.
According to the Economic Times, demand for temporary staff has been pushed by online sales and festive shopping. Citing staffing firms and e-commerce companies, the financial daily reported that temporary jobs, mainly in delivery and logistics, had reached a new high.
Quoting Yeshab Giri, head of IT staffing & specialties at Randstad India, an HR service provider, the report said that nearly 130,000 seasonal jobs
could be created during the festive period in 2017. In fact, according to the report, e-commerce majors Flipkart
alone created over 42,000 temporary jobs
during their festive season
sales. While Flipkart
hired over 20,000 temporary staff as its festive sale approached, Amazon
was said to be adding over 22,000 temporary staff, the financial daily added.
As reported earlier
, the festive season, which lasts nearly five months starting from Ganesh puja till New Year, requires additional staff to handle the spike in orders and deliveries. The demand is especially high for e-commerce companies, logistics, FMCG, hospitality, retail, supply chain, and transport.
in these industries report almost 40-50 per cent of their total business during the festive period such as Diwali and Christmas and hire a lot of temporary resources, including interns and youngsters from colleges and academic institutions.
Apart from Flipkart
and Amazon, demand for temporary workers has surged at companies
and a number of financial technology companies
like Paytm, Mobikwik, and Aditya Birla Money, the Economic Times
report said while citing staffing firms.
To meet their requirements during the festive season, companies
are set to hire close to 100,000 people as temporary workers, moneycontrol.com
has reported last week.
TeamLease Services Executive Vice-President Rituparna Chakraborty told moneycontrol that the temporary hiring drive would continue all the way to February 2018. She added that between 50,000 to 60,000 temporary jobs
would be created during the festival season.