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Logistics sector to create 1,75,000 jobs in Kolkata region in next 4 years: TeamLease

Kolkata, Jun 19 (UNI) The GST implementation and the subsequent investment coupled with the infrastructure status will boost the growth of the Logistics industry in India to 10.5 per cent CAGR, states TeamLease report ’Indian Logistics Revolution – Big Bets, big jobs’.

According to the report, the positive growth of the industry will result in the sector creating around 1,75,000 new jobs in Kolkata and 3 million jobs across the country in the next four years. Further, the impact will reflect across all the seven subsectors namely 1) Road Freight 2) Rail Freight 3)Warehousing 4)Waterways 5)Air Freight 6)Packaging and 7)Courier Services.

Various public investments and expansion plans like the construction of Ghoshpukur – Salsalabari NH (1 & 2) for 54km with investments of Rs 3476 Crore and the Multimodal Logistics Park initiatives are expected to provide a boost and act as a catalyst for job creation in the Kolkata region.
Economic growth, high infrastructure investment and rising outsourcing will contribute to incremental job creation in Road Freight creating 121,779 incremental jobs. Similarly, the evolving regulations are improving ease of doing business and resulting in growth of cargo, which will aid in 26,000 incremental jobs in the waterways subsector, while Air Freight will add 11,000 incremental jobs.

The report also highlighted that Rail Freight sub-sectors will create 4,000 incremental jobs, over the next 4 years (2018 through 2022).

The warehousing, courier and packaging subsectors will see a major growth with urbanization, growing customer segments, packaging innovations and IT adoption. Packaging subsector will see a growth of 2,000 incremental jobs while the Warehousing division is set to create 8,000 incremental jobs.
The Courier Services sub-sector will see a growth of 2,000 incremental jobs over the next 4 years (2018 through 2022).
Commenting on the report launch, Sudeep Sen, Assistant Vice President, TeamLease Services, said, “Kolkata is a key and growing market due to its strategic location as a gateway to Northeast.”

“ India and given its proximity to the Kolkata Port. Initiatives and investment in the multimodal parks which will provide a good connection to the industrial areas of North East, the adoption of new technologies and path breaking innovations in the Logistics subsector will boost opportunities and act as a catalyst in creating jobs,” he added.
The report also undertakes a detailed drill down on the factors affecting the sector and highlights its struggle with talent acquisition. The perception of the sector as a low skilled sector with outdated work processes, gender bias and poor working conditions are the key deterrents in attracting the right talent.
As per the report, employees leave the sector prematurely due to lack of adequate learning and development initiative, low compensation levels, inadequate benefits, hazardous and high-stress working conditions. The report further highlights a dearth of 82,000 skilled people across 7 primary logistics sub sectors in Kolkata out of which junior levels comprise 43% of the total skill gap.
Interestingly enough, the proportion of women employees in this sector has risen to 20% (current) from 5 per cent in 2010. It is expected to move upwards to 26 per cent in the next 4 years. Employers are reorienting themselves for a relatively more egalitarian talent management era, encouraging gender diversity and embracing new technologies.

While unhygienic working conditions, incompatible life balance, harassment, bullying and violence were some of the workplace inhibitors, preference for male candidates, biased selection criteria in job role descriptions and entrenched gender norms were a few barriers that limited active women participation in this sector. However, the sector now shows promising numbers for women participation and gender diversity.

Indian Logistics Revolution - Big Bets, Big Jobs is a comprehensive analysis that brings forth the areas that will contribute to job creation. The analysis covers the 7 sub-sectors in the logistics industry, the job profiles that will be created, the supply-demand deficit and the regions that will create these potential jobs.
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