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Calcutta lags behind in hiring

Sangeeta Lala in Calcutta on Tuesday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, Dec. 10: Hiring in the city has not kept pace with Mumbai and New Delhi in the last four years, staffing firm TeamLease today said.

“From 2005 to 2008, hiring ramped up in Calcutta. Then it tanked and has not picked up. The last four years have been slow for the city,” said Sangeeta Lala, senior vice-president, TeamLease Services.

“Mumbai and New Delhi has grown the most in the last three years. I do not think the political situation has been bad in the state. However, what we noticed is that a good candidate wants to be placed in New Delhi or Mumbai. Key considerations for a job applicant is how fast he can grow and the salary,” said Lala.

She said hiring in traditional sectors such as manufacturing might not witness much movement, but new openings in businesses such as e-commerce could help turn the tables.

Leading e-commerce firms are looking to set up their warehouses in the eastern region and establish a delivery network. The city is likely to benefit from the move.

Meanwhile, attrition rate in the city has witnessed a downward trend in the annual as well as half-yearly periods, according to TeamLease. However, with business sentiment not upbeat, job seekers could face a tough time.

Sectors expected to hire more in 2014 are FMCG, consumer durables, telecom, retail and services.

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