Retailers, e-commerce, FMCG planning to hire migrant workers


Several food and grocery retailers and e-tailers as well as essential manufacturing industries across the country are planning to hire migrant workers stuck without work in cities and large industrial towns. This will help the brands in ensuring better livelihood and manage the acute shortage of labourers.


Big ticket retail chain, FMCG companies like namely Amul and Parle Products, e-commerce firms like Flipkart and Grofers, RPG Group and several temp staffing companies such as TeamLease and CIEL HR Services are already running the hiring process of some of the workers, company executives said, as reported by ET.

“There is a big opportunity to hire migrant workers in places like Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat and other cities,” said RS S Sodhi, MD at Amul. He added that the company will work with partners to facilitate the process.

Flipkart has already recruited migrant workers in its leveling-up of back-end manpower by 4,000 new people and looking at more opportunities for further developments. Similarly, Grofers, which has recruited  few migrant workers amongst the 2,000 people it has already onboarded and will continue the process of hiring an additional 5,000.

Retailers Association of India (RAI) CEO Kumar Rajagopalan  has said that some of the large food-and-grocery retail chains are already hiring or going to hire migrant workers for the backend roles like loading and unloading, reported ET.

“But not all can be employed or would want to work, since they are skilled like painters and carpenters, and several want to go back home,” he said.

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