Significant rise seen in online recruitment activity

A second wind seems to be blowing through the glassed buildings in the country's IT corridor with Information Technology (IT) on a hiring spree in September, going by the monthly employment index reports of two major job portals in the country.

While Monster's report saw a significant rise in online recruitment activity by the IT sector for the second consecutive month, Naukri's site saw a positive growth in the number of IT job postings for the third month in a row.

At 1,047, its September index is the sector's highest ever since Naukri started its monthly report on hiring trends in 2008, Naukri Jobspeak said in its September report.

The findings were based on the number of new and refreshed vacancies put up by recruiters on the website.

Monster.com concurred noting that the sector registered a robust 52 pe rcent six-month growth.

“A similar sentiment was echoed in the recently released Naukri Hiring Outlook survey wherein 78 per cent recruiters from the IT sector indicated that new jobs will be created in the second half of 2010.”

Mirroring trends in the IT sector, software services ranked among the hottest skills in demand during the last month, web designing, sales and business development, hospitality and travel, fashion, and marketing and advertising being the others.

Those skilled in BPO services, hardware (IT) and telecom, banking and insurance, finance and accounting, human resources and administration, in contrast, saw restrained hiring.

However, Monster's index indicated that the online demand for customer service professionals has improved “witnessing the first positive monthly growth (one percent) in five months.”

While Naukri's report indicated Delhi to be the only exception among metros registering a positive growth, it was Bangalore in Monster's report. Also, while Monster placed real estate to be leading all industry sectors in both monthly and six-month growth, Naukri's index showed an index dip from 1,223 to 1,075 points for the sector.

Those in the work experience bracket of four to seven years were the most in demand, said Naukri.

YOGENDRA KALAVALAPALLI

Those with work experience most in demand