INDIA  |  US

Potential Job Losses in Telecom Sector Enormous, Feel Experts

Sunday, 08 April 2012, 23:44 Hrs
Print Email
Bangalore: The potential job losses in the Indian telecom industry are "enormous" in the wake of 2G licence cancellations and many of the affected entities have started trimming their workforce, according to HR experts.

"Most of the companies whose 2G licences were cancelled are reducing their workforce. This is happening at all levels Only people at key strategic positions are being retained...," HR firm TeamLease Services General Manager (Services) Madhubala Vaidyanathan said.


The Supreme Court in February cancelled as many as 122 licences for 2G spectrum, a move that has resulted in uncertainty in the fast-growing telecom sector.

"Potential job loss is quite enormous as the telecom industry was supposed to have provided thousands of jobs which would have done good for the economy," Vaidyanathan said.

Executive search firm GlobalHunt's Director Sunil Goel said that there could be potential job losses by looking at local market scenario for the telecom space.

However, hospitality, FMCG, financial services and banking "would be resource grabbing industries for ideal surplus resources from sales and marketing, customer service areas," Goel added.

Another executive search firm Spearhead InterSearch MD Jyorden Misra said new telecom companies that had hired actively to support their anticipated operational scale up, are facing the unexpected scenario of licence cancellations.

"This has brought an abrupt halt to any hiring plans in the offing...," he noted.

Further, Misra said existing companies have been adopting "cost rationalisation and efficiency optimisation approach" resulting in modest increments and moderate hiring plans.

Telecom industry, one of the sunrise industry, was considered a major job creator for the economy. Experts noted that there is enough talent pool available for the telecom sector.

"There is more supply of skilled and trained resources than demand in the market...," Goel said.

Noting that telecom industry is presently going through a tough phase, Goel pointed out that consolidation and right sizing are expected in the telecom industry for next one year.

"Demand should surge again once everything stabilises, including options for overseas opportunities where there is huge demand for Indian telecom professionals," he said.

Morever, the telecom equipment and infrastructure companies are feeling the heat.

"The telecom equipment companies were looking at negative growth in 2011 and 2012 would not be any better. Since there is drop in sales and revenue, manpower layoffs would be a factor of it and is expected," Vaidyanathan said.
Source: PTI
Write your comment now
SIGN UP FOR CAREERTIMES NEWSLETTER
Enter your e-mail address:
SPOTLIGHT
SiliconIndia About Us   |   Contact Us   |   Help   |   Community rules   |   Advertise with us   |   Sitemap
News:       Technology   |   Enterprise   |   Tech Products   |   Startups   |   Finance   |   Business   |   Career   |   Magazine  |   Dailydose   |   News archive  
Network:      Network   |   Profile   |   Messages   |   Find   |   Blogs   |   Communities   |   Events   |   Q&A   |   CXO Insights  
Career:      Jobs   |   Companies   |   Mentorship   |   Videos   |   Career blogs  |   Training Institute  |   Freshers
Online courses:   Web developer   |   Java developer   |   CCNA training   |   SEO   |   SAS   |   SQL server 2005   |   J2EE
Education:   MBA   |   MCA   |   Engineering   |   Overseas Education   |   Internship
Life:           Jokes   |   Bookstore   |   Relocate  |   Marketplace
Cities:         Startup   |   Real estate   |   Finance  
Send your and help us continue to improve SiliconIndia
© 2012 SiliconIndia all rights reserved