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A Quess fix to the labour crisis

Business services firm Quess Corp is planning to use its technology platforms to link migrant workers with factories and organisations, ensuring their organised return to work amid a labour shortage in cities.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Jun 03, 2020, 08.22 AM IST
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Bengaluru: Business services firm Quess Corp is planning to use its technology platforms to link migrant workers with factories and organisations, ensuring their organised return to work amid a labour shortage in cities. Quess is among India’s largest private sector employers with over 3.8 lakh people on its rolls, who are deployed across ecommerce, facility management, healthcare, retail, IT services and other industry sectors.

The company said it was hopeful of an employment revival in some sectors such as retail and ecommerce. “We are hoping that the government will actually help us get migrant workers back into the city in an organised fashion. We are in conversations with some folks in government to see how we can also help create that supply-demand linkage with some of our technology platforms,” Suraj Moraje, CEO of Quess told ET.

India’s factories and construction companies are facing a shortage of workers after migrant labourers returned to their home states such as UP, Bihar and Jharkhand after a nationwide lockdown came into effect from March 25. The government began its “Unlock 1.0” of most economic activity from Monday.

Moraje said some industry sectors were still under stress and that the staffing industry was waiting for demand to revive. Apart from daily-wage workers, gig workers were also badly hit by the pandemic-led slowdown and the government should bring them under a social security scheme, he added. “By and large, across our workforce we have not seen a kind of mass movement, our suspicion is that the segment hit hard are the daily wagers because their life fell apart. I think many of the gig workers have been hit really hard and truly hope the government brings in some kind of rule for their social security,” he said. Quess also offers staffing services for IT companies and has its own technology infrastructure management business.
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