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Temporary hiring to rise during festive season in India

Companies report almost 40-50 per cent of their total business during the festive period and hire temporary resources. Photograph: (AFP)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 27, 2016, 08.24 AM (IST)

Temporary hiring may see a jump of 20 to 25 per cent this festive season in India as compared to last year, say experts.

The festive season - from Ganesh puja around August to New Year - requires additional staff to handle the rise in demand, especially for e-commerce companies, logistics, FMCG, hospitality, retail, supply chain and transport.

Companies report almost 40-50 per cent of their total business during the festive period and hire temporary resources, including interns and young college-goers, states a PTI report.

"This temporary hiring not only avoids the long-term cost for start-ups, but helps them in experimenting fresh resources in different functional areas. And they observes resources for permanent and long term roles," said Sunil Goel, MD, executive search firm GlobalHunt, adding that temp hiring will go up by a minimum 20-25 per cent as against last year.

PTI also Sen as saying that the Future group is looking to hire nearly 1,000 additional workers for the festive rush.

"They hire from staffing firms like TeamLease Services, students from tier 2 and 3 cities who are later trained on specific roles like customer-facing, back-end and store management. Wages range from Rs 12,000-15,000 per month and they would also get performance-based variable pay," he added.

The retail sector sees 15 per cent additional staff as Indians are known to buy new phones and electronic gadgets during this time, experts told PTI.

"In preparation of the festive spike, we had created nearly 10,000 temporary jobs. The temporary positions are mostly in logistics and delivery and some positions are also in the seller support function," Tony Navin, SVP, Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives, Snapdeal said in a PTI report.

Hiring is heavier in cities of Lucknow, Kolkata and Bengaluru with the highest demand here.

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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