With the COVID-19 infection subsiding in India, most businesses are reopening – and even expanding their operations – leading to a growing demand of professionals across all industrial sectors. We spoke to Saakshi Goyal, Chief Operating Officer, Xpert Conexions about the latest hiring trends and the most sought after skills. Here’s the complete interaction:
What is the recruitment sentiment at India Inc. right now?
Saakshi Goyal: The IT sector has the most job openings presently. It is expanding rapidly as each industry is adapting digitally-driven business processes and solutions to improve their user experiences. Companies are doing everything to adapt to the rapidly changing industry norms thus recruiting top tech talent. The sectors which are in high demand in the post-COVID-19 era are Ed-Tech, Healthcare, Fintech, Gaming, OTT and E-Commerce.
Which work experience group is in demand presently?
Saakshi Goyal: Professionals with 4 -11 years of work experience are most sought after right now.
Has the outlook for offshore jobs improved from the pre-COVID-19 levels? If yes, how.
Saakshi Goyal: Yes of course! The IT companies are actively hiring offshore developers to bring a fresh perspective to their in-house teams. Also, a slew of new-age technologies are rapidly being adopted. The Indian workforce has a chance to learn these technologies and apply at companies from western countries that are looking at moving out of China and Japan.
Other than the core skills, which skills should fresh graduates learn to become employable?
Saakshi Goyal: In order to become more employable, freshers should equip themselves with skills related to emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, Data Science, Cloud Technologies, Blockchain etc.
What is the hiring outlook for the year 2022?
Saakshi Goyal: Since most organisations have realised the need to embrace technology and adopt digitisation, they are moving their operations to Cloud. Hence, I expect the highest growth in talent demand in the IT sector and technology-related roles across all the sectors. The demand for technology professionals is also fuelled by the new-age startups and unicorns which are growing in numbers, day by day.
What are the major campus hiring trends for this year?
Saakshi Goyal: The war for talent in the IT sector has become very fierce. It’s an employees’ market presently where candidates are changing jobs at the drop of a hat. Consequently, salaries that are being offered have shot up. Job offers – and counter offers – have led to instability and lack of continuity in jobs. Companies are therefore focusing more on imbibing fresh talent through campus hiring. Hence, the freshers – especially from the tech background – who earlier used to struggle to get their first break are able to get employment easily. Our experience says that these freshers become very productive and competent with little training.