Indian cos hiring activity picks up by 1.3% in July

Indian cos hiring activity picks up by 1.3% in July

New Delhi: India Inc’s hiring activity picked up by 1.3% in July with improvement in recruitment in IT, real estate and retail sectors, says a survey by job portal

The Naukri’s monthly ‘JobSpeak index’ continued to move upwards and edged up by 1.3% to 727 in July compared to 718 in June.

On a three monthly moving average, the index inched up from 686 in June to 703 in July with industries including real estate, semiconductors, banking, auto and IT, witnessing an improvement, the survey said.

“The uptrend over consecutive months is encouraging. Improvement in hiring activity in lagging industries, such as IT, real estate, retail and auto, echoes optimism. However, continued increases in hiring activity over the next few months will indicate a turnaround in economic activity and in hiring," Info Edge, owner of, national head marketing and communications Sumeet Singh said.

In June, the hiring activity had increased 8.1% over the previous month.

Recruitment activity in the IT industry remained in the green with hiring up by four per cent in IT-software, seven per cent up in IT-hardware and networking and 3% up in ITeS and BPO.

Hiring activity continued to soar in pharma and biotech industry, with the sector index climbing up 10%. Moreover, hiring in auto and auto ancillary, real estate and retail, also went up by 11%, 16% and 10%, respectively.

However, telecom did not do well in the month with the sector witnessing a drop of 10% in hiring in the month.

Among cities, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad saw an improvement in the reviewed month, while Bangalore, Chennai and Pune saw a dip, in hiring activity.

Delhi-NCR saw hiring activity move up by seven per cent in July as compared to June, while in Mumbai it picked up for a second consecutive month, albeit marginally by 3%.

Hiring activity in Bangalore, Chennai and Pune were down by 4%, 6% and 1%, respectively.

The index has been calculated on the basis of job listings added to the website month on month with July 2008 been taken as the base month with a score of 1,000 and the subsequent monthly index is compared with data for July 2008.

The data has been sourced from and it reflects job listings and therefore hiring trends on the site.