Debleena Majumdar, The Economic Times

Retail, ecommerce create job openings for freshers and experienced professionals

A recent report by Debleena Majumdar posted on The Economic Times talks about how India reveals increasing job opportunities in retail and e-commerce, with retail seeking fresh hires and e-commerce targeting experienced professionals. Applications for retail jobs rose by 8% in 2023, driven by young talent aged 18-30. The logistics sector, crucial for delivery, is also thriving, especially in tier-1 cities.


Job opportunities seem to be opening up in retail and e-commerce - the former is looking for fresh hires and the latter is on the lookout for seasoned professionals, shows a recent report by GI Group Holding India.


The applications for retail jobs were up by 8% in 2023 versus the previous year. A lot of this was fuelled by young talent with 87% of the applications being of 18-30 years of age.

With ecommerce and retail providing omnichannel convenience, the logistics sector that enables the delivery of goods and services is also seeing bright days. Customer behaviour in tier-1 cities are fuelling job demand in e-commerce and retail: so the chunk of hiring in retail and e-commerce is happening in the large cities.

Sonal Arora, Country Manager at GI Group Holding India, says, "The phenomenal growth of retail, e-commerce and logistics sectors in last few years is not just a testimony to the resilience and potential of the Indian provider of job opportunities to the 20 million-plus youth who ioin the Indian workforce every year. As per Gi Group Holding India's recently released report, The Great Indian Consumption Story, 52% of retailers are keen to hire fresh graduates this year, while 42% of e-commerce ventures are actively seeking seasoned professionals. This dual focus on experience and fresh perspectives highlights the sector's commitment to nurturing a diverse workforce and fostering growth across all sectors. Diversity hiring is a focus, with 30% of retailers seeking female candidates and 40% of e-commerce firms prioritising DEI initiatives."

In logistics, however, active jobs fell by 13.9% in Q3 FY 24, according to the report. But new postings have increased by 10.2% in the beginning of 2024 and could increase further during the peak season.

According to insights from Naukri, hiring in the FMCG sector witnessed an 11% upswing this month over April 2023, fuelled by rising demand in rural areas. Roles such as sales managers, supply chain executives, and brand managers were among the most sought-after profiles, with cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai driving this growth.


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