Flipkart & Snapdeal To Hire 2 Million In IndiaIndia’s Leading e-commerce (online shopping) company Flipkart said it would directly and indirectly create about twenty lakh jobs in 2015 through its marketplace and ancillary services.

Among other segments, logistics and warehousing would be key employment generators, the company said.

In 2014, the e-commerce industry created about half a million jobs, according to Flipkart.

E-commerce giant Snapdeal also planning to double its workforce to over 10,000 employees in the current financial year to back its growth plans.

“Snapdeal grew over 600 per cent this year (2014) becoming the fastest growing eCommerce company in India and a leader in mCommerce with over 65 per cent of the orders coming from mobile devices,” Snapdeal co-founder and CEO Kunal Bahl said.

The Bengaluru-based company Flipkart employs about 33,000 people. Earlier this week, Flipkart said it planned to double the size of its technology team in 2015 to 2,000.

“E-commerce has contributed a lot to generation of employment opportunities while enabling small and medium enterprises and local artisans,” said Ankit Nagori, senior vice-president for marketplace at Flipkart. “Sellers on our marketplace have been responsible for driving employment within their own communities. Support facilities like merchandising, buying, packaging and cataloging have generated more than 75,000 jobs in the last year,” he added.

Snapdeal vice president (HR) Saurabh Nigam had said, “As we are expanding, we need to invest in manpower. We are a team of little over 5,000 presently; we are looking at doubling our headcount by the end of this fiscal (2015-16).” The hiring, Nigam said, would be done across verticals such as technology, sales and supply chain.

“We recently set up new development centre in Bangalore, so a good number of hiring will be done for this. We have already made offers to over 400 engineering graduates,” he added.

Flipkart said 50-60 per cent of the jobs created by the company in 2015 would be Tier II and Tier III cities. “Jaipur and Baroda have become ancillary industry hubs (cataloging and packaging) and they will continue to generate more opportunities,” the company said.

Sellers would create around 20-25 jobs each, Flipkart said. The company has 30,000 sellers in its online marketplace.

“We offer programmes in 20 cities in association with the ministry of labour to train interested people, helping them upgrade skills and chart out careers in industries they choose to enter,” Nagori said. “We plan to scale up this to 40 cities in the next six months,” he added.

Snapdeal recently announced it will invest $150-200 million or about Rs 940 – Rs 1,250 crore in the next one year on expanding its delivery operations.

The firm also picked up a minority stake in logistics firm GoJavas, which is the former logistics arm of smaller rival Jabong. Last year, the firm had hired nearly 3,700 people.

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