Indian employers look to hire more in first quarter of 2021: Survey
Corporate India is showing “healthy signs of recovery” and plans to hire more people in the first three months of 2021 compared to the quarter ending December, a survey said on Tuesday.
According to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey that covered 1,518 employers across the country, the employment trends in the first quarter of 2021 is expected to be on the rise with a Net Employment Outlook of 5%.
The outlook has registered an increase of two percentage points for the first three months of 2021 compared to the December quarter.
The sectors expected to drive the job market in the 2021 first quarter include finance, insurance and real estate, and mining & construction sector. All other sectors indicate negative growth in this quarter, the survey said.
“Corporate India is showing healthy signs of recovery and an overall positive sentiment is gripping the market. Many of the deep-rooted structural factors that have sustained Indian economy over the years like geopolitical stability, diversified economy and demography are likely to play a pivotal role in the new normal.
“Besides, the government measures and attention to policies spurring private sector, encouraging competitiveness and self-dependence (Aatmanirbhar) are likely influencers too,” Sandeep Gulati, Group Managing Director of ManpowerGroup India, said.
With the onset of the festive season, the economy is gradually gaining momentum. Employers are also depicting an optimistic outlook towards bouncing back in terms of hiring within the next six to nine months.
As per the ManpowerGroup’s survey, which also included the impact of Covid-19, nearly 65% of employers reported that they may return to pre-Covid-19 hiring within the next nine months as compared to 44% in the December quarter.
The strongest hiring outlook was recorded in small sized organisations followed by the large and medium sized organisations. From a region perspective, East indicate a more positive outlook followed by West.
Further, Gulati said the recent labour reform bills passed in the Lok Sabha will also benefit the labour force and employers alike. Labour reforms were long overdue as the current laws are antiquated, he added.
“With the changing landscape of economy, we needed a much simpler yet holistic way of looking at labour-related issues. Codification of labour laws will remove multiplicity of definitions and authorities leading to ease of compliance.
“It simplifies access to numerous provisions of the law by all concerned stakeholders and also increases job creation by streamlining the laws. Most importantly, bringing Gig workers in the ambit of new labour code is a welcome step towards free market system. This will create more trust between the employer and the employees,” Gulati said.
Globally, ManpowerGroup interviewed over 38,000 employers in 43 countries and territories on hiring prospects in the first quarter of 2021.
Employers in 32 of the 43 countries and territories surveyed by ManpowerGroup expect to add to payrolls in the period up to the end of March 2021. In six countries and territories, employers expect to reduce payrolls while flat hiring activity is forecast in five.
Taiwan (23%), the US (17%) and Singapore (15%) record the strongest hiring sentiment globally, while Panama (-7%), the UK (-6%) and Switzerland (- 4%) reported the weakest hiring sentiment.