Demand For Delivery Jobs Grows Twice The Availability For Festive Season
E-tailing giants are on a hiring spree, particularly for temporary workers such as delivery and warehousing personnel to cope with the increased volume of sales
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Job seekers interest in delivery jobs is twice as high as the number of available job postings for such roles, according to data from Indeed collected from September 2017 to October 2018. Among metro cities, Bengaluru sees the highest demand for such roles among job seekers, making up for 14 percent of the national demand across India. However, the city sees only 4 percent of all such job postings in the country, demand outstripping available job openings by over 7 times.
New Delhi sees the maximum share of posting for delivery jobs with 12 percent of all such openings across India. Job seeker interest in these roles, however, is relatively low among the residents of the city, with only 6 percent of national demand for these profiles coming from New Delhi.
Since India is one of the fastest-growing internet economies in the world, and the internet services industry estimated to create 12 million new jobs in the country by 2022, the sector is poised to create employment across various levels, be it in terms of design and development roles, or to a larger extent in terms of opportunities for self employment, such as delivery personnel and drivers, as well as allied roles such as on-ground staff, logistics handlers, and so on.
In light of the festival season this year, e-tailing giants are on a hiring spree, particularly for temporary workers such as delivery and warehousing personnel to cope with the increased volume of sales. With measures to upskill new recruits, in keeping with the government’s National Skill Development Mission, e-commerce companies ensure that they have a trained pool of talent to draw on, while also equipping workers with the requisite skills to find employment across other tech-driven supply chains.
While delivery job roles are traditionally considered ‘gigs’, part-time employment options or additional sources of income, an increasing number of educated youth are seeking this type of job given the dearth of suitable work opportunities for skilled labour. Companies too, prefer talent that is trainable and readily deployable.
Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India, said, “The job market is seeing greater numbers of part-time and flexible avenues of work, with a significant share of opportunities being created for employment in this manner. However, it is important to keep in mind that the gig economy may only benefit a highly skilled professional, who can offer their expertise while enjoying a flexible lifestyle; while jobs that require a lower level of skills such as delivery jobs often require putting in odd hours of work under stressful conditions. The need for steady jobs continues to persist in India, even as the global economy is embracing flexible work options and entrepreneurship.”