FMCG Is The Most Sought-After sector For Today's Job Seekers: CIEL HR's Report

● Least attrition observed even during the pandemic ● Mumbai remains to be the hottest destination with 28 percent of job postings and MBA as the preferred qualification ● Strong revival in hiring, growth and expansion is expected for the FMCG industry post this festive season


As per a recent research report by CIEL HR Services, one of India’s Top-10 and fastest growing HR services firms, the FMCG sector seems to be the most pursued sector for job seekers in India. With the sector topping almost in all the talent demands chart vis-a-vis other sectors such as MSMEs, Manufacturing and Pharma. Mumbai tops the chart with the highest job demand in the FMCG sector coupled with MBA being the most preferred qualification by prominent employers. For freshers and mid-level employees, the sector is perceived to be offering the most promising job prospects. The report also highlights that women's participation in the workforce is merely 14% which suggests that companies in the sector could put in more serious, proactive and transformational efforts to add women in the workforce. Most of the top FMCG companies do grapple with the challenge of not having the requisite percentage of women in their workforce.

Commenting on the report, Mr. Aditya Narayan Mishra, Managing Director and CEO of CIEL HR Services said, “Employment outlook is promising for young management graduates and the mid-level employees in the FMCG domain. We see strong growth in hiring in the FMCG segment driven by an uptick in sales in the festive season. Our research shows that the demand for sales professionals is the highest followed by operations, business development, marketing and IT functions. 94% of the open jobs are work-from-office or work-from-factory or in the field. Though attrition has not been an issue with the industry, it is worth revisiting the HR policies to make one’s employer brand stronger by including greater flexibilities for employees and leveraging technology better in their HR practices.”

Talent requirement in FMCG firms is spread across the country, however, the number of roles in metro cities and key regions is high. 28% of the open jobs are in Mumbai, followed by Bengaluru with 20% of them, Delhi and Kolkata both being at 8% each.

The Indian FMCG industry had witnessed a 9-year high in 2021 and the momentum had then plummeted at the start of 2022 under the pressure of declining demand, in both urban and rural for a while. But the winds of change were promising during the April-June 2022 quarter along with the festive season cheer and good monsoon projections indicating a positive outlook for the market with higher demands and growth. 

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