Since the launch of its contractual staffing services in Mumbai in June this year, Aasaanjobs – a recruitment portal for entry level and blue collar jobs – has been playing its own major role in fuelling the startup ecosystem, by addressing the need for startups across all sectors.
“I love biking across the length and breadth of this city, and a job as a delivery boy helps me combine my love with my job, as well as help me earn some extra cash.” said Iqbal Shaikh, a candidate who got a job during one of the many recruitment drives conducted in the assessment centres of Aasaanjobs, located in Kurla and Andheri. “I was able to get a job as a delivery boy just a couple of days after I left my job as an office boy.” said Irfan, a job seeker registered on their portal. “There seem to be too many openings nowadays, with the average salary of Rs. 14,000 -15,000 per month and additional incentives being quite decent. A lot of my friends have applied for delivery boy jobs as well.”
Siddharth Gupta, Head of New Products at Aasaanjobs, explained that the sudden boom in the demand for delivery boys – from food delivery to e-commerce – was due to the enhanced cash flow to the various startups that have cropped up in the Powai valley and elsewhere. “The volume is crazy, but we have left no stone unturned in ensuring that the supply matches the demand. From its initiation as a small project with just one recruitment drive held per week, temporary staffing has grown to become one of the biggest verticals at Aasaanjobs, with 4-6 drives held every week and over 500+ people on its payroll as of now. On a good day, we see 100+ candidates for delivery boy job openings during recruitment drives that we conduct; sourced directly, through online self-registration as well as through our Rural Urban Integration programme that helps candidates relocating to Mumbai from outside to find a suitable job. ” he added.
For companies, the freedom to focus on core business goals through a convenient recruitment process and outsourcing their payroll management is like music to the ears. “We have used the services of Aasaanjobs (AJ) over the past 4 months. AJ came onboard during the crucial build up phase in Mumbai by helping us recruit nearly 200 delivery boys. They have shown a sense of innovation in their approach to business, fulfilling our requirement for delivery boys who owned bikes by coming up with a financing scheme for those who did not own one, thereby increasing the screening pool of potential candidates.” said Mr. Bhaargav Rengarajan, AVP at Grofers. “The transparent manner in which they conduct monthly interaction sessions as well as take regular candidate feedback exemplifies their professionalism. The fact that AJ is also a startup, similar to us, with a young & energetic bunch of professionals has helped. Moreover, I have always found the support team to be very responsive, available 24/7 to answer all my queries.”
With the delivery industry being pegged at $8 billion in Mumbai alone, the decision to provide contractual staffing services across several functional areas seems to be a lucrative one for Aasaanjobs, driving an increase of more than 200% in its overall revenue. Since this number can only rise owing to increased investment in entrepreneurial ventures that depend heavily on operations, Aasaanjobs seems to be well ahead on the path to bringing smiles on the faces of all the stakeholders involved – employers as well as job seekers.