Naukri JobSpeak Index for February witnessed an uptick of over 22 per cent in hiring activity at 2,356 job listings as compared to January at 1,925.(File photo for representation)
Naukri JobSpeak Index for February witnessed an uptick of over 22 per cent in hiring activity at 2,356 job listings as compared to January at 1,925.(File photo for representation)

Hiring activities spike in February: Report

Digitisation and automation have resulted in a record sequential growth of 33 per cent in hiring activities in February, according to a report.
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PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 08:04 PM IST

Digitisation and automation have resulted in a record sequential growth of 33 per cent in hiring activities in February, according to a report.

Hiring in the IT-software/software services industry registered a record growth of over 33 per cent in February compared to January because of the increased adoption of digital technologies in India, according to the Naukri JobSpeak Index for February 2021.

Naukri JobSpeak Index for February witnessed an uptick of over 22 per cent in hiring activity at 2,356 job listings as compared to January at 1,925.

Naukri JobSpeak is a monthly index that calculates and records hiring activity based on the job listings on Naukri.com website month-on-month.

The report further revealed that with the country going back to normalcy, majority of the industries saw a positive sequential uptick in recruitment activities for the first time after the COVID-19 outbreak.

The telecom sector has registered a sequential jump of over 24 per cent in February while other key sectors such as medical/healthcare witnessed a growth of 28 per cent, education/teaching (25 per cent), FMCG (20 per cent), and BFSI (17 per cent) too have shown growth in month-on-month hiring while the insurance sector saw a flat with 1 per cent decline in hiring trend.

All six metros and key tier-II cities witnessed positive hiring activities in February compared with January, it observed.

Hiring in metros showed double digit growth led by Bengaluru (31 per cent), Hyderabad (28 per cent), and Pune (24 per cent), while tier-II cities such as Ahmedabad with 31 per cent and Vadodara with 20 per cent growth witnessed positive trend sequentially.

With the opening of schools and colleges/universities, demand for professionals in teaching/education grew by 49 per cent in February compared with January.

Job roles in IT-software grew 31 per cent, HR/recruitment by 28 per cent and travel/ticketing by 27 per cent sequentially. 

Hiring across experience bands saw an average increase of over 23 per cent with 8-12 years band being at the top of the table with 27 per cent month-on-month increase in hiring activities.

“Record growth in sequential hiring of 33 per cent and a significant year-on-year growth of over 12 per cent in the IT sector indicates that the wave of digital transformation will make India the epicenter of the next tech boom.

"Around 88 per cent IT recruiters have confirmed that new jobs will be created in the coming few months as per the latest Naukri Hiring Outlook survey, further confirming that the wave of digitisation will spread rapidly,” Naukri.com Chief Business Officer Pawan Goyal said.

Meanwhile, hiring activity in February remained flat with a decline of 2 per cent year-on-year, as key industries such as IT-software with 12 per cent growth, real estate (6 per cent) and medical/healthcare (3 per cent) were least impacted compared to the same month of 2020, it revealed.

Hospitality/travel continues to be the most impacted with 51 per cent decline in hiring, said the report.

Other industries such as oil/gas with 47 per cent decline, retail 32 per cent and auto/auto ancillary (22 per cent) attributed to the overall decline in hiring trends.

Metro cities like Hyderabad witnessed 8 per cent growth in hiring activity, Bengaluru (9 per cent), and Pune (2 per cent) saw a positive growth in February versus the same month last year.

Within metros, Mumbai saw a decline of 22 per cent, remaining the most impacted city possibly due to recent spurt in COVID-19 cases and lockdown enforcement in few areas, the report stated.

Tier-II cities like Coimbatore with a decline of 25 per cent and Kochi with a dip of 21 per cent saw a sharper decline in February versus last year, it said.

The demand for professionals in the banking/insurance domain grew by over 44 per cent in February, however, roles like sales/business development declined by 23 per cent and production/maintenance by 25 per cent remained impacted at a year-on-year level, it noted.

The hiring activity for professionals with over eight years of experience saw a positive uptick of 11 per cent on an average.

With reduced campus hiring, the demand for professionals with 0-3 years' experience was most impacted with a decline of 13 per cent in February compared with the same month of last year, it added.

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