While there was a fear that the goods and services tax (GST) would led to retail, FMCG and e-commerce scurrying for cover and try to get the systems in place, the transition has been smooth leading to robust hiring numbers for temp workers.
If you looking for a short job stint till December, it is good news this festive season. Companies are looking to hire about 100,000 people on a temporary (temp) basis to meet the demand in the festival season.
The festive season begins from the onset of Navratri in India and continues till the New Year covering the festivals of Diwali, the nine days of Navratri, Milad ul Nabi and Christmas. Stock clearance sales are also held in January in both offline and online stores to make way for new products in the new year.
Yeshab Giri, Head- Specialties and Randstad Technologies, Randstad India said hiring has started off for temp staff. “Generally the decision to hire is taken around August and September when most of the hiring happens and they continue till the end of December. Atleast 100,000-120,000 temp jobs is the number we are looking including sectors like FMCG, FMCD, retail and e-commerce,” he said.
Temp staff are hired for a fixed duration to meet the demand for a particular season or festival. Recent reports have stated the salary gap between temp and permanent jobs are also narrowing.
While initially there was a fear the goods and services tax (GST) would lead to retail, FMCG and e-commerce scurrying for cover and trying to get the systems in place, the transition has been smooth leading to robust hiring numbers for temp workers.
Giri said e-commerce is aggressive in this season with more orders getting booked; last mile delivery individuals as well as customer care executives are hired in large numbers.
An extended festive season coupled with sale season has led to an extended temp hiring period as well. Rituparna Chakraborty, Executive Vice President, TeamLease Services said the hiring process will continue through Dussehra, Diwali and Christmas and will continue till February post which it will taper off again. She estimates about 50,000-60,000 jobs could be created in the temp season during the festivals.
In terms of the gender mix, the e-commerce, FMCG and FMCD sectors are dominated by men while in-store temp jobs could be available for women.“Most of these sectors including consumer goods and e-commerce that requires field work is a male-dominated area but the retail sector jobs like in-shop promotion is where there could be demand for females,” added Giri.