STA, 18 August 2020 - Slovenian home appliance manufacturer Gorenje is hiring some 600 temporary workers to cope with a record number of orders. Orders until the end of the year are by more than 30% higher for each month than last year, while a 15-20% increase is also expected for early 2021, the company told the STA on Tuesday.
Since 10 August, Gorenje has already hired 240 workers on a fixed-term contract, and is looking for another 350, to be employed by 1 September.
Some of the new workers will be hired until the end of October, but the majority until the end of the year, said the company, which is part of the Chinese group Hisense.
"While a rise in orders is typical of this time of year due to the seasonal nature of production, we have an absolute record number of orders for this period now."
When the coronavirus pandemic hit this spring, Gorenje's new owners were planning massive layoffs.
Orders for August to October then rose significantly and June was the first profitable month this year.
The changed situation prompted the Hisense Gorenje management to resort to soft methods to improve efficiency in production at Gorenje.
Due to the pandemic, Gorenje has introduced a number of measures to boost sales, cut costs and increase production efficiency.