A wave of renewed optimism for the Indian job market can be felt as the results of the latest Naukri Hiring Outlook came out. Recruiters across the country are indicating a strong hiring sentiment for the first half of 2022. Naukri Hiring Outlook Survey 2022 revealed that 57% of recruiters indicated both new and replacement hiring in their organizations in the coming months till June’22 vis-a-vis 51% in last year’s survey. Interestingly, 62% of the recruiters expect the hiring to go back to pre-COVID levels in their organizations by June 2022.
With digital transformation shaping the future of work, the demand for tech-enabled skills is witnessing a consistent uptick. As per Naukri Hiring Outlook Survey, the top functional areas in which active hiring is expected in the coming months are IT (59%), Business Development (43%), and Marketing (36%).
From an experience standpoint, recruiters foresee maximum hiring to take place for the experience band of 3-5 years (67%), followed by 1-3 years (53% ), and 5-8 years (53%).
Pawan Goyal, Chief Business Officer, Naukri.com, said “The anticipation of returning to normalcy by companies is fueling a strong hiring sentiment as there has been a pent up demand across sectors. Naukri Hiring Outlook Survey corroborates this narrative as 57% recruiters indicated a surge in both new and replacement hiring in their organizations. Only 2% recruiters foresee a hold on hiring, while just 1% indicate layoffs for the coming months which indicates re-stabilization after a turbulent period”
Some of the other interesting sentiments from recruiters were:
- High attrition rate ahead: The job market has been hot in the last few months, and as a result, recruiters expect attrition to rise further in the coming months. The majority of this attrition is expected from employees in the experience bracket of 3-5 years (51%), followed by 1-3 years (45%). Given the continued surge in demand for IT roles, recruiters expect this sector to witness a high employee fallout rate of 49%. It is interesting to note that the number of recruiters anticipating an attrition rate greater than 20% grew up by 33% when compared with the previous survey conducted last year.
- Increments are on the charts: As per the survey findings, the number of recruiters planning to roll out increments greater than 30% in their respective organizations grew substantially by 60% versus the previous outlook survey conducted in July’21. It’s a great news for employees as the economy continues to normalize and the household consumption is expected to grow. At the same time, the number of recruiters foreseeing an increment below 10% reduced from 37% to 33%.
- Campus hiring to be back on track: The campus hiring is showing signs of improvement since last year. In the previous survey, majority of recruiters had put campus hiring on hold while this time majority of recruiters expect campus hiring to go as planned. 47% recruiters confirm going ahead with the placements in the next few months while only 16% feel that there may be a reduction in the number of candidates that will be hired from campus.
- Changing workplace models: Indian companies are gearing to kickstart work from office for their employees with 41% recruiters confirming the same, which marks a significant increase of 10% when compared with the previous year’s survey for the period July-Dec’21. 42% recruiters believe that work from home is equally productive as working in office whilearound 14% recruiters said they would be back to office with a restricted team size.