A senior company executive of Swedish furniture giant Ikea has said it is planning to hire 10,000 staffs- both direct and indirect- in Maharashtra over the next two to three years. Navi Mumbai will be the second store in the country after it opened its first store in Hyderabad in August this year.
Speaking to PTI, Ikea India’s people and culture Manager Anna-Carin Mansson said: “Next year, we are opening the Navi Mumbai store, for which we are planning to recruit 5,000 directly and an equal number will be hired indirectly over the two to three years.”
This will include directly hiring 1,000 by mid-next year and 1,500 indirectly for services, including assembly among others, she said adding as per the Ikea policy, 50 per cent of this recruitment will be of women at all levels.
“We believe in equality and providing a balanced, safe and secure work environment for all employees. We are also open for recruiting from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities,” Manson added.
The world’s largest furniture chain is looking to hire people in e-commerce, sales, logistics, digital and Human Resource.
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Ikea operates 423 stores in 50 countries with a sales volume of 38.3 billion euros.
Mansson said “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 are 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.”
Ikea has several employee-friendly policies, such as daycare facilities, parental leave policy, transport policy, competence development, mentoring, pension plan among others.
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 has four land sites in Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi/NCR, and continues to look for more in other major cities.