An increase in the number of vacant positions offering temporary work/part-time work for the period leading up to the New Year and New Year holidays was observed in all districts of Russia, SuperJob reported. The biggest increase in demand is in the areas of delivery and commerce, especially online commerce.
Order pickers, shopkeepers, salespeople and couriers are in high demand. Furthermore, there is a shortage of many employees in the market. “The demand for couriers and courier drivers in delivery services has increased by an average of a third; 200 thousand couriers are missing throughout the country, the demand for truck drivers has multiplied: the deficit exceeds 50 thousand. There is a serious shortage of junior staff in warehouses: assemblers/pickers,” said Alexander Mityukov, president of the Association of Transport, Logistics and Post and Courier Companies of Russia (MAKS).
Before the New Year, the number of purchases increases, which increases the burden on the trade and aggravates the staff shortage. The growth in turnover during the peak season reaches 2-2.5 times, said Nikolai Polyakov, general director of the SOKOLOV jewelry holding. This creates demand for line staff, he noted. Over the course of the year, the number of new vacancies in the logistics sector has more than doubled, Mitiukov said. Compared to the same period last year, the number of packers has tripled, noted Avito Rabota. “The most difficult thing is to find shopkeepers and couriers. During the high season, this task is especially difficult for all delivery services,” the SDEK press service confirmed to RG. The situation is standard and is repeated every year. For this reason, companies begin to hire personnel in advance, expanding the courier workforce, so that customers do not notice the shortage of employees and the delivery time of orders does not increase. On average, preparations should begin two months before the New Year, says Nikolai Polyakov.
Companies are ready to fight for missing personnel with the help of salaries. According to Avito Rabota, throughout the year, the salaries of packagers increased by 16% and those of shopkeepers by 12%. Courier drivers are the most willing to pay in the weeks before the New Year: an average of 95 thousand rubles. per month. The maximum salary can reach 200 thousand rubles. per month with a large number of completed orders. Since the beginning of the year, salaries for couriers-drivers have increased by 17%. They are ready to pay traveling couriers 70 thousand rubles. on average and 115 thousand rubles. maximum, which is 12% more than at the beginning of the year.
Temporary workers who are hired for the pre-New Year period in trade rarely receive a salary and bonus. Basically, employers offer income that depends directly on production. Most often, time-based (based on the number of hours worked) or piece-based (based on the volume of work) wages are used. Earnings are also made, consisting of a salary and a percentage of sales. Furthermore, payment of salaries to temporary workers is often not done once a month, but rather every week. It is not practical to hire additional employees for 1 or 2 months, so they are hired as part-time workers, working part-time on a flexible schedule, or as part-time employees, explains Nikolai Polyakov.