Fresh re­cruit­ment slows down

3 bankers - Ma­ha­balesh­wara MS, MD & CEO, Kar­nataka Bank, Papia Sen­gupta, ED, Bank of Bar­oda, and V. Ramesh, CFO, City Union Bank, share re­cruit­ment re­lated in­for­ma­tion:

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Me­hul Dani: How many new em­ploy­ees joined dur­ing 2016-17? What is the num­ber of em­ploy­ees in each cat­e­gory?

Ma­ha­balesh­wara MS: To­tal num­ber of em­ploy­ees of our bank as of 31 March 2017 was 7982. There are 5584 male em­ploy­ees and 2398 fe­male em­ploy­ees and thus fe­male em­ploy­ees con­sti­tute 30% of the en­tire work force. 420 new em­ploy­ees have joined dur­ing 2016-17. The yoy growth in the num­ber of em­ploy­ees is 190 (2.44%). There are 4 cat­e­gories of em­ploy­ees in the bank. The high­est num­ber of em­ploy­ees are cler­i­cal (3223, 40.38%), fol­lowed by of­fi­cers (scale 1-3) (2875, 36.02%), sub­or­di­nates (1696, 21.25%) and ex­ec­u­tives (scale 4 & above) (188, 2.35%). The tar­gets of fresh re­cruit­ment and pro­mo­tions for the year 2017-18 are yet to be as­sessed in ac­cor­dance with man power bud­get ex­er­cise.

Papia Sen­gupta: The to­tal num­ber of em­ploy­ees as on 31 March 2017 is 51,632, of which 3366 em­ploy­ees joined dur­ing 2016-17. The re­cruit­ment of em­ploy­ees has come down by 44% dur­ing 2016-17. Fe­male em­ploy­ees com­prise around 23% of the to­tal work­force. Em­ploy­ees are un­der 3 cat­e­gories - viz. of­fi­cers’ cadre, cler­i­cal cadre and sub­or­di­nate cadre.

We are in the process of fi­nal­iz­ing the man­power plan for the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year, which is based on var­i­ous pa­ram­e­ters in­clud­ing re­tire­ments, ini­ti­a­tion of new projects, or­ga­ni­za­tion re-struc­tur­ing, etc.

V. Ramesh: The to­tal num­ber of em­ploy­ees of the bank as of 31 March 2017 is 4689, out of which 3445 (73.5%) are male and 1244 (26.5%) are fe­male. The num­ber of new em­ploy­ees joined in our bank is 613 in the last FY, 561 in 2015-16 and 529 in 2014-15. There are 4 cat­e­gories of em­ploy­ees in the bank: 54 ex­ec­u­tives, 1799 of­fi­cers, 2526 clerks and 310 sub staff.

When was the last re­cruit­ment drive con­ducted? How many ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived against the re­quired posts?

Ma­ha­balesh­wara MS: Re­cently we con­ducted a re­cruit­ment process for cler­i­cal posts for which we re­ceived 39,149 ap­pli­ca­tions. About 25,958 can­di­dates ap­peared for writ­ten test and 5156 suc­cess­ful can­di­dates were in­ter­viewed.

Papia Sen­gupta: One of the chan­nels be­ing used for the our re­cruit­ment is Bar­oda Ma­ni­pal School of Bank­ing (BMSB). This is a unique ‘Train-Hire-De­ploy’ model where bank se­lects the can­di­dates meet­ing the eli­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria and puts them through a fo­cused 9 months on cam­pus pro­gram and on the job train­ing pro­gram in the branches. These can­di­dates are ab­sorbed in the of­fi­cers’ cadre on suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the course, which en­sures that by the time they join the bank, they are ‘first-day, first hour’ pro­duc­tive. BoB re­ceives a huge re­sponse from prospec­tive can­di­dates ev­ery year for the se­lec­tion process. For 2016-17, we re­ceived around 2 lakh ap­pli­ca­tions pan-In­dia for 1200 po­si­tions.

BoB also par­tic­i­pates in the com­mon writ­ten process be­ing con­ducted by IBPS for re­cruit­ment of spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines and for re­cruit­ment of clerks at en­try level. Lat­eral re­cruit­ment in higher scales of ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple in var­i­ous spe­cial­iza­tion ar­eas is also un­der­taken.

At present, we are re­cruit­ing peo­ple in var­i­ous grades/scales as gen­er­al­ist and spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers di­rectly from out­side in spe­cial­ized ar­eas such as credit anal­y­sis, fi­nance, trea­sury, risk man­age­ment, HR, plan­ning, law, etc.

V. Ramesh: The last re­cruit­ment drive was con­ducted in Novem­ber 2016. 1008 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived for var­i­ous cat­e­gories of em­ploy­ees. The re­cruit­ment through cam­pus is go­ing on then and there.

What are the bank’s poli­cies & prac­tices for pro­mo­tions?

Ma­ha­balesh­wara MS: The pro­mo­tion of cler­i­cal and sub­or­di­nate staff and of­fi­cers up to scale 3 is gov­erned by the in­ter­nal set­tle­ments/MOU be­tween the bank and rec­og­nized unions. The pro­mo­tion of ex­ec­u­tives (scale 4 and above) is gov­erned by the board man­dated poli­cies. We re­cruit peo­ple di­rectly to cler­i­cal and sub­or­di­nate cadre. We also re­cruit spe­cial­ized cat­e­gory of­fi­cers.

Papia Sen­gupta: The pro­mo­tion pol­icy of the bank is amended from time to time to bring about a per­for­mance driven cul­ture and also to mo­ti­vate the staff to take up chal­leng­ing po­si­tions and higher re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. The pro­mo­tion pol­icy ad­dresses the ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions of per­form­ing and tal­ented staff for faster ca­reer pro­gres­sion and strikes a fine bal­ance be­tween per­for­mance and po­ten­tial in as­sess­ing suit­abil­ity for pro­mo­tions.

V. Ramesh: Ca­reer pro­gres­sion plays a ma­jor role as a mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor for per­for­mance lev­els of em­ploy­ees. Our bank strives to of­fer as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble at the ear­li­est time. Pro­mo­tions for work­men and scales of of­fi­cers are based on var­i­ous bi-par­tite set­tle­ments with CUBSU and CUBOA re­spec­tively. How­ever, the man­age­ment de­cides on the min­i­mum stip­u­la­tion on length of ser­vice in the ex­ist­ing cadre and qual­i­fi­ca­tion and other ex­po­sure norms based on man­power plan­ning. We have pe­ri­od­i­cal set­tle­ments with union and as­so­ci­a­tion to take care of all benefits and wel­fare mea­sures of the em­ploy­ees. We re­cruit di­rectly from out­side for cler­i­cal cadre to ex­ec­u­tive cadre.

Ma­ha­balesh­wara MS

Papia Sen­gupta

V. Ramesh

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