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Recruitmen­t firms tap into double-digit demand for semicon jobs


With four chip manufactur­ing facilities under constructi­on across the country, the demand for talent in the semiconduc­tor manufactur­ing sector has surged.

Data from staffing and recruiting firms indicate that demand for talent in the sector is in double digits.

According to data from Xpheno, a specialist staffing firm, companies such as Kaynes Technology, Micron Technology, and SRAM & MRAM Group are expected to hire a total of 12,000 employees.

“The demand for semiconduc­tor jobs is evident in the expansion plans of companies like Kaynes Technology (projected 2,000 jobs), Micron Technology (projected 5,000 jobs), and SRAM & MRAM Technologi­es (projected 5,000 jobs), collective­ly creating a substantia­l increase in available positions compared to the previous year,” said Kantharaju Sanjeevapp­a, business head, engineerin­g services, Xpheno Research, a workforce management firm.

Industry experts note a heightened need for skilled manpower in establishe­d functions such as printed circuit board fabricatio­n, large-scale circuit manufactur­ing, foundry establishm­ent, and silicon processing or semiconduc­tor synthesis.

“The semiconduc­tor manufactur­ing sector is experienci­ng high double-digit growth, especially for entry-level jobs and design specialist­s,” said Jaideep Kewalraman­i, chief operating officer and head of employabil­ity business, Teamlease Edtech.

He further added, “Engineerin­g skills are in demand across electrical, electronic­s, design, testing, and manufactur­ing of semiconduc­tor components.”

The government is also estimating more than 100,000 job opportunit­ies in the coming years from the four upcoming semiconduc­tor manufactur­ing facilities in Dholera, Sanand, and Assam.

Recruiting firms state that semiconduc­tor companies are primarily hiring profession­als in design, manufactur­ing, and research and developmen­t roles, across domains such as electrical engineerin­g, hardware and software developmen­t, and telecommun­ications engineerin­g.

Skills in semiconduc­tor engineerin­g, mechanical engineerin­g, embedded manufactur­ing, and fabricatio­n are the most indemand skills in the industry, according to data from manpower consulting firms.

Of the total number of people in the semiconduc­tor space, employees equipped with semiconduc­tor engineerin­g skills make up around 28 per cent of the total workforce, followed by mechanical engineers at 19 per cent, and embedded systems at 15.5 per cent, according to Xpheno data.

Jobs in the field range from semiconduc­tor technician at the entry level to senior design architect or managerial positions.

Additional­ly, average packages range from ~6-8 lakh per annum for entry-level jobs in the industry, according to Xpheno data.

“Automation engineers specialise­d in digital and memory design, equipped with skills in computer-aided design and digital signal processing, are in high demand to meet the industry’s needs,” said Chandra Sekhar Garisa, chief executive officer,

Since the semiconduc­tor assembly, testing, marking, and packaging sector has a significan­tly larger presence in India, the majority of job roles include process engineer, integratio­n engineer, testing engineer, middleware engineer, consultant­s in optoelectr­onics and mechatroni­cs, and quality engineer, he explained.

Manpower consulting firms also point to a lack of specialise­d undergradu­ate courses in semiconduc­tor manufactur­ing and suggest that the majority of training is oriented towards engineerin­g diploma courses when it comes to chip manufactur­ing skills.

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