Coca Cola to hike hiring in India by 9% in 2011

The India arm of global beverage maker Coca Cola plans to hire around 600 workforce this year, which accounts for around nine percent of the existing employees, a top company executive has said.

Mumbai: The India arm of global beverage maker Coca Cola plans to hire around 600 workforce this year, which accounts for around nine percent of the existing employees, a top company executive has said.
     
"We are looking at recruiting around 600 employees in our India operations this calender year," Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages vice president (HR) P V Ramana Murthy told PTI here.
      
The recruitment would be made across all levels, including management trainees, he said.
     
The company's current head-count stands at 6,500, which will be increased to around 7,100 this year, Murthy said.
     
Hindustan Coca Cola has plans to gradually reduce the hiring of lateral talent in its bid to groom trainees into mid management cadre, he said.
     
"We are planning to slowly, in about five years, reduce hiring of experienced people and increase the recruitment of management trainees. These trainees will be groomed to take over these mid to high level posts in future," Murthy said.
     
He said for retaining these groomed executives, the company is planning to incentivise them or offer them compensation, which will be more in the form of emotional and cultural aspect.
     
"We will concentrate on creating a work environment, which will be more comfortable and have facilities to suit these young executives. If the need arises we will also look into offering them customised incentives," Murthy added.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages is wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, responsible for manufacturing, sale and distribution of beverages across the country.
     
The vast Indian operations comprise 25 company-owned bottling facilities and 24 franchisees.
     
Coca Cola brands include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Thums Up, Limca, Maaza and Kinley (packaged drinking water).

PTI

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