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HindustanTimes Wed,24 Sep 2014

Social and digital skills are must-haves for new age employees

HT ShineJobs Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 07, 2014
First Published: 09:16 IST(7/1/2014) | Last Updated: 09:38 IST(7/1/2014)

Social skills and digital literacy are becoming major must-haves for new age employees, says the Randstad India’s latest global Workmonitor Survey that tracks job seekers’ confidence and provides a comprehensive understanding of job market sentiment and trends relating to the employment market across 32 countries. The survey indicates that employees’ social skills (91%), digital skills (91%), education (90%) and experience (94%) are more important now than five years ago.

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The survey also reveals that 90% of the respondents believe that their job requirements will become more demanding in the next five years and this is much above the world average of 76%. Further, it was found that job requirements have become very challenging with around 90% of the employees opining that job requirements will become even more demanding in the next five years. This is much above the world average of 76%.

Commenting on the findings, Moorthy K Uppaluri, CEO, Randstad India and Sri Lanka, said, “As corporate India is becoming more global and diverse, organisations across industry sectors are recruiting talent from various geographies. Companies are therefore looking for employees with effective social skills who can fit into the organisation’s culture.And since technology is the adhesive that connects a distributed workforce, digital literacy and netiquette have become vital qualities employers look for while recruiting.”

India is fast emerging as a human resource powerhouse for the world where its 11 million workforce is getting added to the job market every year. With high demand for job requirements, employees should prepare for this scenario and hone their skills accordingly, the report says.


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