Faced with acute shortage of labour, e-commerce firms are struggling with timely deliveries. Online grocers and pharmacies are on a hiring spree. They are in need of delivery personnel and riders, and are trying to recruit staff from restaurants, who are presently jobless. According to Releski Jobs, an online portal that connects job seekers with employers in the hospitality and retail space, the big names amongst the delivery companies in the country desperately require experienced riders. Opportunity awaits about 800 riders who will be paid Rs 50 per delivery, and about 500 pickers who will be paid a minimum of Rs 16,800 a month.
BigBasket, Grofers, MedLife, Starquik, and other businesses need these recruits to deliver essential items to customers during the lockdown imposed to control the spread of coronavirus. With much of the population restricted to their homes, there has been an unexpected increase in online orders. This means, there are part-time and full-time opportunities out there, for those temporarily rendered jobless, to work as riders and pickers. Once selected, the employers will arrange curfew passes for the new recruits so that they can operate without hassles.
BigBasket, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) is offering jobs to those who have been laid off as a result of the outbreak and the lockdown. It has not been easy for Flipkart, Amazon, Dunzo and other e-grocers and e-commerce companies to hire on-ground staff. The exodus of migrant workers in large numbers from the cities to their native villages has only added to the challenge.