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Business News/ News / India/  Naukri, other job websites face a new rival: Centre's employment portal

Naukri, other job websites face a new rival: Centre's employment portal

The National Career Service (NCS) portal aims to connect employers and job seekers, hosting a diverse array of job opportunities reflecting a 214% rise in vacancies in FY24 across various sectors.

The NCS portal saw over 1 crore jobs posted till March, with the number of job providers going up to 2.6 million. (Reuters)Premium
The NCS portal saw over 1 crore jobs posted till March, with the number of job providers going up to 2.6 million. (Reuters)

New Delhi: The government-run National Career Service (NCS) website plans to onboard private sector companies offering jobs in India and overseas, two people aware of the matter said, setting the stage for competing with private job portals such as amid soaring joblessness.

Taking a leaf out of the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), the state-run jobs portal—run by the ministry of labour and employment—plans to leverage the credibility of a government entity to connect employers and job seekers.

According to the India Employment Report 2024 jointly published last month by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Institute of Human Development (IHD), India’s youth continue to face high unemployment rates, with nearly 83% of the jobless population belonging to this demographic.

The report underscores a concerning trend where the proportion of educated young people with at least secondary education among the total unemployed youth has nearly doubled from 35.2% in 2000 to 65.7% in 2022.

India has strongly objected to the ILO about its report, insisting that it has misinterpreted the data on youth employment as it has ignored international mobility as well as gig and platform workers data.

Amid this, the NCS website has seen more than 10 million jobs posted till March, with the number of job providers going up to 2.6 million. The portal has an extensive user base of over 40 million registered job seekers from every corner of the country and every section of society.

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On a monthly basis, the portal hosted around one million active job vacancies, reflecting a diverse array of opportunities spanning sectors like finance and insurance, operation and support, construction, manufacturing, IT and communication, health, education and others, said one of the persons familiar with the developments.

Queries sent to the spokesperson of the labour and employment ministry and CEO Hitesh Oberoi remained unanswered.

Vacancies on NCS in finance, insurance, construction, manufacturing, transportation, storage and supply chain, have grown as much as 214% in FY24 compared to the last fiscal.

Opportunities galore

“However, data from the National Career Service indicates a significant rise in job opportunities, mainly in the unorganized sector," said the person mentioned above, adding that the labour department plans to collaborate with international job providers and premium sector employers to enhance opportunities for Indian jobseekers.

Reacting to the ILO's report released on 26 March, India's labour and employment secretary Sumita Dawra called senior ILO officials and conveyed the government's displeasure. The government has stated that the ILO failed to collaborate with India or seek its input.

Countering the ILO data, India's labour ministry said youth (aged 15-29 years) unemployment rate had reduced to 5% in 2022 from 7% in 2019, while unemployment rate for adults (aged 30-59 years) was just 1% in both the years.

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“The prime objective of NCS is to revolutionize the national employment service by providing a wide range of employment-related services, including job matching, career counselling and employability enhancement facilities, all conveniently accessible online," the second person said.

The NCS project operates as a standout initiative focused on bridging the gap between employers and job seekers, this person said.

Based on the ministry data analyzed by Mint, there was a surge of 135% in vacancies in the financial sector, increasing to 4.7 million from 2 million from FY23 to FY24. Operations saw a 305% growth, reaching 1.5 million in FY24 from 0.37 million in FY23. The IT and communication sector saw a 158% growth, rising to 490,000 from 190,000, while the education sector recorded a 121% increase to 190,000 from 86,000.

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The number of job vacancies increased significantly for FY24 across different qualifications, with a 452% rise in 10th passed/below jobs, a 378% surge in ITI and diploma jobs, a 179% increase in 12th passed jobs, and a 123% growth in postgraduate, PG diploma and PhD positions, the data showed.

Authenticity in doubt

Rakeshwar Pandey, president of the Jharkhand chapter of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (Intuc), questioned the authenticity of the data, saying, “If there is such an exponential rise in job vacancies, then why is unemployment growing at a record level?"

“It is evident that a substantial number of workers from states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and others are migrating to different parts of the country to fulfill their daily needs. The government should focus on creating real job opportunities instead of merely claiming to do so through manipulated data," Pandey said.




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Published: 24 Apr 2024, 05:50 PM IST
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