Preference for Young Workforce: India Skills Report

India Skills Report

India Skills Report

The second India Skills Report 2015 reveals that 72% employers prefer to hire candidates in the age 30 years and below. This is one of the major findings of the India Skills Report 2015 launched today at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – 6th Global Summit on Skill Development.

Released today, Nov. 10, India Skills Report is a joint initiative by Wheebox, a talent assessment company; PeopleStrong, a recruitment company; and LinkedIn social network in collaboration with CII.

The report shows an upward trend in hiring – spread across different Indian states. The top states with employable skill pool include Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala and Karnataka which have held their positions from last year, and U.P, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Orissa are the new entrants.


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An overall increase of about 23% is expected in the hiring numbers per month, the job outlook confirms with the expectation of a growing market in the coming year for India, according to the report.

Out of about 11 sectors surveyed, Hospitality and Travel lead the way followed by BFSI and Core sectors which will see major increase in hiring with more than 25% hiring to be expected.

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The report also brings out a general trend amongst the employers. While looking for candidates, they prefer internal referrals followed by job portals and social media. The trend of choosing a candidate with the use of social media has increased from 6% last year to 12% this year, says the report.

The Report was released by Sarabananda Sonowal, Minister for Skills, Youth Affairs, Entrepreneurship & Sports, Government of India in the presence of Sunil Arora, Secretary , Department for Skills & Entrepreneurship; Pramod Mahajan, Chairman – CII National Committee on Skill Development; Ajay Shriram – President CII and Chandrajit Banerjee –Director General CII.

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