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India's job market is looking up, with 63 percent of employers aiming to hire more people in the next three months in order to speed up the recovery process and maintain economic development. The labour market is indicating strong emotions in the third quarter (July-September) of 2022, according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey released on June 14, with a Net Employment Outlook of 51 percent, which is a record high in eight years.

The percentage of employers expecting total employment to increase is subtracted from the percentage predicting a reduction in employment at their location in the coming quarter to arrive at the Net Employment Outlook.

For the September quarter, 63 percent intend to raise their personnel levels, 12 percent expect to reduce hiring intent, and 24 percent expect no change, giving in a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 51 percent.

"Despite rising inflation and the geopolitical instability, there is a positive sentiment across sectors in India in a bid to speed up the recovery process and sustain the economic growth of the country," said Sandeep Gulati, Managing Director, ManpowerGroup India.

When compared to the same period last year, hiring sentiments have improved by a whopping 46 percentage points, while there is a 13 percentage points growth when compared to April-June period, the survey of more than 3,000 employers in India indicated.

The survey further noted that employers anticipate strong demand for talent across key sectors, and digital roles continue to drive most demand. IT & Technology reported the strongest outlook (68 percent), followed by Banking, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (60 percent), Other Services (52 percent), Restaurants and Hotels (48 percent) and Manufacturing (48 percent).

"Growing need for digitization, automation and tech enabled services in our country coupled with demand for Indian IT workforce across the globe will retain the IT and Technology sector on top of the charts in the Indian job market," Gulati said.

In the Asia Pacific region, the strongest hiring intentions were reported in India (51 percent), Singapore (40 percent) and Australia (38 percent). While, the weakest hiring intentions were reported in Taiwan (3 percent), Japan (4 percent), and Hong Kong (11 percent).

Meanwhile, hiring prospects for all four regions of the country have strengthened when compared with the previous quarter and same time last year. The hiring pace is similar in 3 out of 4 regions (North, West and South) where the Net Employment Outlook stands at 53 percent. For the East the outlook stood at 41 percent, the survey noted.

According to the survey, hiring optimism is being tempered by the highest levels of global talent shortages in 16 years. "Shifting demographics, including shrinking birth rates and the rise in early retirees, means talent is scarcer than ever before," it said.

Employers report difficulty filling open roles, with the biggest impacts being felt in Taiwan, Portugal, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, and India. Top five soft skills that organisations have difficulty finding include creativity and originality, critical thinking and analysis, reasoning and problem solving, leadership and social influence and initiative taking.

On the talent shortage and difficulties being faced in finding the required soft skills to match the job, Gulati said, "We are faced with an unprecedented demand supply gap as indicated by our Talent Shortage Survey. Reskilling and upskilling the workforce to mitigate this gap should be the highest priority for employers as well as industry players like us."

(With PTI inputs)

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