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Last Updated : Sep 10, 2018 02:16 PM IST | Source: PTI

Online hiring activity declines for third straight month in August: Report

The Monster Employment Index for India stood at 266 in August, down 5 percent over the corresponding period last year. On a month-on-month basis the index has slipped by 0.74 percent.

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Online hiring activity registered a decline for the third consecutive month in August as corporate India adopted a cautious hiring approach owing to significant increase in merger and acquisitions, says a report.

The Monster Employment Index for India stood at 266 in August, down 5 percent over the corresponding period last year. On a month-on-month basis the index has slipped by 0.74 percent.

"The current ease in hiring activity is indicative of a cautious hiring scenario owing to merger and acquisitions and an increasing demand for skilled candidates," said Abhijeet Mukherjee CEO Monster.com, APAC and Gulf.

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Sector-wise, production and manufacturing (up 64 percent) led the year-on-year growth in August this year followed by retail (up 48 percent).

"The Indian economy marched at an impressive rate in the first quarter of 2018-19 as also reflected in the positive GDP growth momentum on the back of strong performance of the production and manufacturing sector," Mukherjee said.

Regarding the uptick in retail, Mukherjee said "the retail sector has shown a phenomenal growth surge which can be attributed to a spurt in online shopping owing to end of season sale and discounts.”

He further noted that "demand for freshers with 0-3 years of experience is on rise especially for job roles such as HR and admin as well as legal, which re-emphasises the need for proper guidance and training programs for young talent,” he added.

The report noted that online recruitment activity surpassed the year-ago level in nine of the 13 occupation groups monitored by the index and was led by Health care (up 21 percent), HR and admin (up 19 percent) and finance and account (up 16 percent).

In terms of cities, Chandigarh (up 17 percent) and Jaipur (up 4 percent) were the only cities to register positive growth on the year.

Online hiring activity stumbled further in the five key cities of Hyderabad (down nine per cent), Bangalore (down nine per cent), Chennai (down six per cent), Delhi-NCR (down seven per cent)and Mumbai (down four per cent), the report noted.
First Published on Sep 10, 2018 02:12 pm
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