New Delhi: The buoyancy in the Indian economy has penetrated smaller cities, evident by the job openings in IT, education, financial services, real estate sectors which have enabled the top 15 tier II cities to corner more than 20% of the job space in the last four months.
According to an Assocham Eco Pulse (AEP) Study on “Trends of job openings” carried out during the period August-November 2007, it was found that Chandigarh, a Tier II city, was ranked fifth among the top 10 employment providing cities in India, above the metro cities of Kolkata and Hyderabad.
After Chandigarh, the cities of Vadodra, Jaipur, Pune, Agra and Ahmedabad topped the chart of smaller cities generating maximum employment opportunities. These were followed by Ludhiana, Bhopal and Vijaywada. The next five were occupied by Calicut, Surat, Ranchi, Amritsar and Lucknow.
“The growth momentum in smaller cities has begun to pick up. If adequate attention is provided to building infrastructure and nurturing the talent pool in these emerging cities, the contribution of these cities in employment generation would increase manifold”, said Venugopal N Dhoot, president, Assocham.
The AEP was based on the sample of 4400 vacancies posted by around 1000 companies in the national and regional dailies, journals and job portals like “naukari.com” and “timesjobs.com” during the period under study.
The telecom industry, added eight million subscribers every month and has emerged as a prominent employment provider. The non-metro cities like Secunderabad, Patna, Surat have also taken advantage of this boost in the telecom sector.