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India - With jobs scarce, graduates look for temporary work

20 November 2012

Staffing firms have seen a 30%-40% surge in the number of CVs coming in for temporary jobs in the past few months according to Priyanka Golikeri writing for Daily News & Analysis.

The growth in interest has been ascribed to fewer campus offers being made by companies and even where offers have been made, joining dates are getting stretched.

Sangeeta Lala, senior vice-president at temporary staffing firm TeamLease Services, said the overall hiring momentum for temporary jobs has held steady in the last six months or so, though hiring for permanent jobs has dwindled by as much as 20%.

By her estimate, where earlier they would receive 300-400 CVs a day, today that number has zoomed to over 550: “Thus, people are becoming more open for temp jobs. We are seeing a lot of applications.”

The organised temping sector has been growing at a healthy 20-25% for the past year, according to Rituparna Chakraborty, vice-president, of the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF). “Firms mainly from the FMCG, consumer durables, e-commerce domains are seeking out temps,” said Chakraborty.

Rough estimates according to the article suggest there are five hundred thousand temporary workers, with Randstad India accounting for 62,000 and TeamLease, 72,000. Lala said TeamLease is looking to add 3,000-6,000 temporary workers by March.

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