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Those who work most in holiday season

Hindustan Times | ByVaishali Bhambri, New Delhi
Dec 21, 2011 01:44 AM IST

As the city gets ready to party till December 31, some sectors are busy hiring for their busiest week of the year. Over-time, extra staff and endless work — as the biggest party week of the year kicks off on Friday, some sectors are gearing up for work, work and more work.

As the city gets ready to party till December 31, some sectors are busy hiring for their busiest week of the year. Over-time, extra staff and endless work — as the biggest party week of the year kicks off on Friday, some sectors are gearing up for work, work and more work.

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With endless parties planned between the Christmas weekend, starting December 23, and going on till New Year’s Eve, the workforce at pubs, clubs, home delivery food chains, police and rental cab companies is being pumped up.

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“Almost everyone is out on the roads during this week. We have to deploy extra force, including for traffic management. The number of personnel deployed is almost 50% more, especially in South and Central Delhi,” says Rajan Bhagat, PRO, Delhi Police.



For pubs, preparing for this week is a logistical nightmare. “Our staff works extra shifts to avoid chaos. Usually, a staffer does an 8-10 hour shift. These days, they work for almost 14 hours,” says Atul Kapoor, owner, Qba. “We have to rearrange our shift rosters on these days. Most of our workforce comes in the evening as the club is more crowded then,” says Samir Chawla, owner, Blues.



Restaurants and home delivery outlets, too, are booked during this week. “On these days, the orders pour in all day, so the work doubles. In fact, we have to recruit part-time workers for only these days,” says Harmeet Rajpal Kohli, vice president marketing, Domino’s.



The week ahead, especially New Year’s Eve, is also a busy night for radio taxis around the city. “We are usually over booked during these days. In fact, just to do the bookings, we have to employ extra staff and the new recruitment is almost 10% of the total strength and our staffers do double shifts,” says Ajay Vinayak, CEO, New Delhi Cab Service.


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