At a time when the slowing economy has prompted companies across sectors to weigh manpower reduction, Coal India is planning to hire 9,000 people, 4,000 of them in executive cadre, to fill up vacancies.
This will be the biggest recruitment drive by the state-run miner and its subsidiaries in a decade. While the executives are picked up by the holding company, the workers and technical employees are recruited by its eight subsidiaries.
“Coal India is recruiting so many executives in a single year in almost a decade in an effort to fill up all the vacancies that have been pending for several years. Last year, we recruited only about 1,200 people,” a senior Coal India executive told ET.
The world’s largest coal producer is also India’s biggest public-sector employer after the Indian Railways with a staff strength of around 280,000. Close to 18,000 of them are executives.
“Of the 4,000 executives Coal India plans to recruit, 900 would be through advertisements and interview-based in the junior category, another 400 would be recruited from campuses and some 100 would be miscellaneous like medical officers, etc. We have already recruited 400 executives and most of whom are doctors. Another 75 have been recruited and would be joining soon. The company will recruit around 2,200 additional executives through competitive examinations,” the executive said.
Its seven coal-producing subsidiaries will recruit 5,000 workers and technical hands. Around 2,300 will be recruited as part of the company’s policy to offer jobs to the families of people whose land was taken up for setting up projects. Some 2,350 will be hired as part of the company’s policy to offer a job to a family member of a staff who died before retirement. Around 400 would be hired in non-technical posts.
Coal India was set up in 1975 and a large number of people have reached their retirement age. Over the last three years, about 12,300 employees have been retiring from the company every year. This has led to a number of positions falling vacant. While not all will be filled up, the company needs large-scale recruitment over the next few years to make sure its workforce position is adequate.
The company is also clearing all backlogs of promotions for non-executives which were pending since 2013. It has completed the task till 2017 and has promoted some 3,000 people in non-technical posts, while another 3,000 will be promoted in due course.
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