There are fewer jobs in the market than in the past and the mood is unlikely to change soon but those located in smaller towns and cities are better placed than their counterparts in the metros in finding jobs, according to senior executives in the recruitment industry.
According to Info Edge, the company that owns job portal Naukri.com, monthly listings dropped to its lowest in December 2008 but marginally improved in February with demand improving in cities like Pune, Jaipur, Baroda, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad.
However, the overall market is not looking up yet. “The market is still tough although things have improved marginally during the last two months,” Hitesh Oberoi, chief operating officer and director at Info Edge Ltd told HT. “March was also similar and we expect things to improve by September.”
Naresh Malhan, managing director at Manpower India, said that the job market was not as bright as last year but has started indicating positive signs. ‘It is a significant improvement for the market to have emerged out of negative hiring (lay-off) mode to select hiring and demand in smaller towns is driving the upward trend,” said Malhan.
A senior official at temporary staffing firm TeamLease Services said that there has been a slow increase in hiring in rural areas and smaller towns driven by demand from telecom and consumer goods companies expanding in these areas.
“Several fertiliser companies are also hiring from their local areas to meet seasonal demand,” the official said.