Overall Job Market Sees An 11 Pct Dip In April, IT Worst Hit With A 24 Pct Fall

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 00:25 IST
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NEW DELHI: With top IT firms laying off professionals, the IT-software industry was hit the most with a 24 pct fall in hiring in April this year as compared to April 2016, according to a survey by job site Naukri.com.

"The overall job market saw an 11 pct fall in new jobs, with IT-software industry most hit. IT-Software industry was hit the most with a 24 pct decline in hiring in April as compared to April 2016," the Naukri Job Speak Index said.

April jobs index saw year-on-year fall in major metros -- Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, it added.

Hiring activity saw a fall in telecom, BPO, insurance and construction sectors during April as compared to April 2016.

Key industries like construction and BPO/ITES saw a 10 pct and 12 pct fall, respectively, while banking saw a 11 pct increase in hiring during April 2017 as compared to April 2016, it said.

Commenting on the report, V. Suresh, Chief Sales Officer, Naukri.com said: "As predicted earlier, job market continues to be volatile and the Jobspeak index in April has shown a negative growth of 11 pct (YOY)."

"Though major negative impact seems to be in sectors like IT/BPO/telecom/insurance and construction, there seems to be an air of caution across all sectors and this volatility is likely to continue for a few more months before the markets could move north again."

Six out of the eight metro cities tracked saw a decrease in hiring activity in April.

The index for Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru saw a dip of 28 pct, 18 pct, 29 and 28 pct, respectively, while Kolkata and Ahmedabad saw an increase of 10 pct and 19 pct, respectively, as compared to April, 2016, the survey noted.

The maximum number of new jobs (3 pct month-on-month) were created in the 0-3 years' category.

Senior management hiring fell, with jobs for 13-16 years of experience witnessing a fall of 2 pct when compared with March, 2017.

While hiring in junior management remained buoyant, mid-management hiring (8-12 years of experience) witnessed a decrease of 3 pct during April.

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Source: IANS
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