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COVID-19 impact: Social distancing mandate gives rise to new job roles in factories

A new set of roles pertaining to shop-floor coordination to maintain six-feet distance between workers as well as sanitisation of workplace and employees has opened up amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

June 10, 2020 / 06:01 AM IST

Factories across India have partially resumed operations even as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to be a serious cause of concern. With manufacturing units given the responsibility to maintain social distancing and employee safety, a new set of roles called shop-floor coordinators and sanitisation servicemen has opened up in India.

These new job roles would involve hiring entry-level talent with a basic understanding of the importance of sanitation, hygiene and social distancing. The pay? Between Rs 12,000 and Rs 14,000 per month.

India has about 2,37,000 factories and each factory would need multiple such staff depending on the number of workers in the unit and factory size. Factories do not have staff purely assigned to maintain hygiene, safety and social distancing and the home ministry mandate to keep production units virus-free has led to the new job roles being created.

In an interaction with Moneycontrol, Sudeep Sen, business head for industrial, manufacturing and engineering segments at TeamLease Services said job roles like sterility servicemen and shop-floor coordinators have come up due to the social distancing mandate amidst COVID-19 pandemic.