With the current economic climate that the World is facing with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are looking at a shift in the way businesses operate. Businesses are now trying to cut cost by letting go of some of their overhead costings. This includes a leaner structure where staffs are expected to wear double hats. Inevitably, some employees have been retrenched by their companies amidst the impending recession, with some being forced to take no-pay leaves or having a pay cut.
With this, our team at In D Grey are seeing a surge in part-time hires in Singapore, with supermarkets, retailers and corporates turning to manpower agencies to fulfil this variable demand. This gives employers greater flexibility in controlling their costs while catering to the different market demands. Positions such as temperature screeners, retail staffing, cashiering, admin support, swab takers, packers, warehousing assistants, call centre agents and digital ambassadors are on the rise, while event assistants, flyer distributors, brand ambassadors, surveyors, event coordinators, promoters and models seem to have come to a temporary halt.
In Singapore, we are looking at Phase 2 of the circuit breaker coming into effect on 19 June, where retail stores, gyms, food and beverages outlets and most businesses being able to go back to their business-as-usual state, albeit with restrictions and measures in play to avoid a resurgence of a second viral wave. This comes as a relief to citizens and those residing here, after close to three months of not being able to dine out or venture out of our respective estate vicinity.
At In D Grey, we are committed to work with businesses who need to cope with sudden increase in labour needed as the market opens up once again. We foresee many needing part-timers to fill the roles for temperature scanners, contact tracing, digital ambassadors, door hosts to tell people of the various social distancing and safety measures in store, cashiers, swab takers, contact centre agents, and warehouse assistants. We are also keeping our fingers cross for a low rate of community spread once the country has opened up, looking forward to the year-end festive season, where pop-up stores are a common sight for the festive shopping. Brand ambassadors, promoters and retail assistants would then come into play to help retailers boost their sales and educate the public on the respective products on promotion. During this season, we see many retailers and high-end brands tap on our ready-pool of trained manpower at In D Grey to ensure success to their pop-up stores, promotions, events and roadshows.
Being Singapore’s best manpower agency, our team is able to cater to both, small and large-scale temporary staffing needs for a myriad of industries. We specialise to serve local and international companies, being a trusted partner and the number one go-to agency for their part-time staffing services. We redefine our clients’ experiences when it comes to manpower and talent sourcing to provide reliability and efficiency for all. We believe that no two requests are the same, and work closely with each and every of our client to optimise their budgets according to their needs.