Are cor­po­rates hir­ing?

Yes and no. The fo­cus cur­rently is on hir­ing key tal­ent. If you’re scout­ing for a job, make sure the com­pany has se­ri­ous ex­pan­sion plans

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - JOBFUNDAS - Van­dana Ram­nani van­dana. ram­nani@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Cur­rently, a mood of cau­tion pre­vails across sec­tors. While those who met their tar­gets for the year and are look­ing at ex­pand­ing, are hir­ing, oth­ers are off­set by a head­count freeze or even re­trench­ment.

Only 51% of em­ploy­ers ex­pect to in­crease the head­count, af­ter back­fill­ing for at­tri­tion by March 31, 2013, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted by Head­Hon­, a job search and ca­reer por­tal. The out­look is even more sub­dued in the case of se­nior hir­ing, rais­ing con­cerns around in­vest­ment in green­field projects and the fu­ture growth plans, it adds.

The hir­ing story is linked to the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion. Com­pa­nies are go­ing through both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive sen­ti­ment and all this has im­pacted is­sues re­lated to growth. The fo­cus cur­rently is on hir­ing key tal­ent to en­sure that busi­nesses grow.

Uday Sodhi, CEO, Head­Hon­, says, “Weaker hir­ing plans for midman­age­ment and se­nior po­si­tions sig­nal a cau­tious ap­proach amongst cor­po­rates.”

Ka­mal Karanth, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Kelly Ser­vices In­dia Pvt Ltd, points out that FMCG and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies are con­cen­trat­ing on the front­line staff right now. Hav­ing said that, hir­ing in the last quar­ter seems to be more ro­bust com­pared to the first few months of the year. It has in­creased by al­most 15-20% across sec­tors, ex­cept for bank­ing and in­surance.

Joe Lazar, di­rec­tor, hu­man re­sources, Ana­log De­vices, agrees, adding, “We are tak­ing a con­ser­va­tive and cau­tious ap­proach in eval­u­a­tion of all planned head­count growth for the next six months, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the global busi­ness sit­u­a­tion. We will con­tinue to add top tal­ent to fill key roles as and when projects de­mand.” In­ter­est­ingly, the com­pany hired man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Somshubhro Pal Choud­hury in May this year to strate­gise and ex­e­cute its In­dia growth plans.

Shubha Arora, HR head, Schindler In­dia, a lead­ing global provider of el­e­va­tors, es­ca­la­tors and re­lated ser­vices, says, “The com­pany has been ag­gres­sively scout­ing for tal­ent across lev­els through­out the year. While we are hir­ing on a con­stant ba­sis, we are cau­tiously re­view­ing busi­ness re­quire­ments to im­prove the re­sponse and ser­vice lev­els to cus­tomers. We have grown by about 27% in to­tal head­count this year and that in­cludes the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme, with 20% of the hir­ing done in the last quar­ter.” Tina Vas, vice pres­i­dent, global HR, Collabera, says, “The hir­ing we are wit­ness­ing now is ei­ther to fill va­cant po­si­tions or for new po­si­tions that have emerged crit­i­cal. We are hir­ing mid-level tech folks across ar­eas — sig­nif­i­cant ones in­clude .Net, DWBI and SharePoint pro­fes­sion­als.” Hir­ing is on for both new projects as well as ex­pan­sion of cur­rent projects in a 2:1 ra­tio, she adds.

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