Quite contrary to popular perception, Kolkata turned out to be the only city in the country, which witnessed positive hiring at least over the last one month. The Naukri Job Speak Index suggests while Kolkata has seen a 8 per cent increase in hiring levels, Delhi –NCR has seen a 4 per cent dip, Mumbai and Pune have seen 2 per cent drop each and Chennai has witnessed a 3 per cent dip in August and hiring scenario in Bangalore remained stable. And Naukri attributed this hiring growth in Kolkata to higher recruitments by IT sector operating out of the city.
“All top cities have seen lower hiring numbers over the last one month, barring Kolkata which has seen a 8 per cent increase in hiring levels. Delhi –NCR has seen a 4 per cent dip in the job speak index in Aug-12 when compared to Jul-12 while Mumbai, Pune and Chennai has seen their recruitment activities go down by 2 per cent and 3 per cent respectively during the same time period. Bangalore maintained steady hiring levels during the same time period,” the Naukri study said, much to the pleasure of the West Bengal government.
“This is probably because IT- Software which is the largest job creator in Kolkata has seen stable hiring levels and 18 per cent higher jobs than the same time last year,” it said. The Naukri Job Speak index includes both online jobs as wells as jobs acquired from existing clients by its tele-calling team. The Naukri Job Speak index, as a whole, has seen a 4 per cent dip in August, 12, compared to July, ’12, after remaining flat for five consecutive months.
“The overall recruitment market in the economy is very challenging and most recruiters are staffing smartly and are opting for replacement hiring instead of recruiting new members. However hiring has severely been affected in sectors like telecom, insurance and BPO,” said Hitesh Oberoi, managing director and CEO, Info Edge India.
Oil and Gas, BPO, telecom and auto sector saw recruitment levels dip within a range of 6 per cent and 9 per cent respectively over the same time period. Both software services and insurance has seen about 2 per cent dips in hiring activity in August ‘12 over July ‘12. On the contrary, banking sector has seen 12 per cent growth in recruitment activities over the last month probably because of increased hiring in the public sector banks category.