India Inc Hiring Sentiment Favorable For Q1, FY14: Survey

Monday, 25 March 2013, 05:46 Hrs
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New Delhi: More job opportunities are likely to emerge in the next three months as over 60 percent of domestic employers are predicting an increase in their workforce, a survey has said.

The survey by covered 4,431 employers and a majority (67 percent) of them has predicted an increase in headcount for the first quarter of fiscal 2013-14.

On a quarter-on-quarter basis, the outlook has improved marginally by one percentage point, but has picked up by 12 percentage points when compared with first quarter of 2012-13, the survey said.

"Current hiring sentiment is definitely better than Quarter 1 and Quarter 4 of FY'13. Job creation in India continues amid talks of lay-offs and employee rationalization," CEO Rajesh Kumar said.

Seven of the nine sectors surveyed have positive hiring prospects, with employment in the FMCG industry projected to be the most promising.

The report said the FMCG sector has a net employment outlook of 38 percent for the first quarter of FY'14, which is 21 percentage points higher than first quarter of FY'13.

FMCG industry is followed by retail and IT and IT-enabled sector with a net employment outlook of 36 percent and 34 percent respectively.

The retail industry too, has witnessed a 20 percent improvement in hiring plans on a year-on-year basis.

Other sectors with a positive net employment outlook are banking and financial services (33 percent), telecom (31 percent), hospitality (30 percent), infrastructure (30 percent).

The weakest hiring outlook was seen in real estate (29 percent) and automobile and manufacturing (22 percent), the survey noted.

According to Kumar while employment opportunities in the coming quarter are good for FMCG and retail, employers in automobile industry is not keen to add more numbers to their current employees.

A region-wise study of employers in all four regions -- North, South, East and West -- predicted a strong employment market in the first quarter of FY'14, with the most optimistic forecast for the Southern parts of the country.

The net employment outlook for the South stood at 28 percent for the next three months, however this is 5 percent lower in comparison to the same period a year-ago.

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Source: PTI
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