Retail Sector Pushes Talent Demand For Festive Hiring

In Y-o-Y analysis, consumer durables/FMCG and retail posted 28 percent and 29 percent growth, respectively


With the beginning of the festive season, consumer-driven sectors such as consumer durables/FMCG (5 percent) and retail (12 percent) reported growth in talent demand in September 2019, says TimesJobs RecruiteX. Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals industry recorded the highest growth in talent demand (21 percent) in September. 

In Y-o-Y analysis, both the industries posted double-digit growth in talent demand. In Sep’18 Vs Sep’19 comparison, consumer durables/FMCG and retail posted 28 percent and 29 percent growth, respectively. 

The report revealed that tier-II cities such as Lucknow and Chandigarh recorded the highest growth in talent demand in September 2019 edition. A similar trend was observed in September 2018. 

According to the RecruiteX report, the overall hiring activity remained flat across high-volume industries such as IT/Telecom, BFSI, Automobiles, and BPO for September 2019.  

Sanjay Goyal, Business Head, TimesJobs & TechGig said, “Hiring activity has been flat to negative in major sectors such as IT/Telecom, BFSI, BPO/ITeS, Automobiles due to the economic slowdown. Retail and Consumer durables/FMCG has pushed the talent demand owing to festive hiring and registered double-digit growth in Y-o-Y analysis, too. We can hope to see revival in hiring in high-volume sectors in the coming months.” 

Healthcare records highest in talent demand

With high volume sectors like IT/ITeS witnessing flat to negative hiring activity, service-intensive sectors like Healthcare, Retail, Consumer Durables/FMCG and Travel & Hospitality continue to hire in September 2019. Top three sectors to witness M-o-M growth in talent demand were: 

  • Healthcare/ Biotechnology/ Pharmaceuticals – 21%
  • Retail – 12%
  • Travel & Hospitality - 7%

Service sector profiles most sought after 

Among functional areas, legal/law professionals recorded maximum growth in talent demand for September 2019. The demand for Doctors/medical professionals saw an uptick as the overall hiring trend in the Healthcare sector was up. 

  • Legal/Law-30%
  • Doctors/Nurses/Medical Professional – 29%
  • Biotechnology/ Pharmaceutical/ R&D – 28%

Tier-II cities take the lead in talent demand 

Chandigarh, which was among top hiring cities in August 2019, found a spot on September 2019’s tally too. Except for Delhi-NCR, only Bengaluru saw some spurt in hiring activity, rest all other metro cities were stagnant on hiring terms. 

  • Lucknow – 20%
  • Delhi – 12%
  • Chandigarh – 13%

Junior level profiles most wanted 

September 2019 saw the most demand for people in the experience range of 2-5 years. Whereas hiring for Senior Management roles (10-15 years) and leadership roles (20+ Years.) reported decline, 4 percent, and 3 percent, respectively Other work experiences in demand were: 

  • <2 years – 1%
  • 2-5 years – 2%
  • 5-10 years – 1%

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