Swedish Furniture giant Ikea according to reports is looking to add close to 10,000 employees in Maharashtra.
In an interaction with PTI, a senior official from the DIY furniture store was quoted as saying that 5,000 workers will be hired for its store in Navi Mumbai store. The hiring spree will see close to 10,000 employees both via direct employment and indirect means such as temporary staffers in 3 years.
Ikea's first store opened amid much pomp in Hyderabad in August this year and a store in Navi Mumbai is being planned in 2019. Ikea's Hyderabad store employs over 1,000 people.
For the Navi Mumbai store, Ikea may hire 1,000 employees by mid-2019. 1500 will be picked up for services on its assembly. The hiring is expected to be gender neutral. In fact, Ikea's India's people and culture manager Anna-Carin Mansson was quoted as saying that the company was open to recruiting from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community.
"With our employee friendly policies, we are expecting to keep the attrition levels very low. We believe in value- based recruitment, where the core values of an individual is considered and not what is said in the CV. We provide equal opportunities to all our co-workers, help them grow and enable them to follow their passion," she added.
The company is the first major single brand retailer to get FDI approval and plans to open several stores and multiple touch points across the main cities over the next 10 years .
Ikea operates 423 stores in 50 countries contributing a sales volume of 38.3 billion euros. In India, it has four parcels of land spread across Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi NCR.