Hiring appetite continues in the second quarter of 2023 amidst layoffs: ManpowerGroup

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Hiring appetite continues in the second quarter of 2023 amidst layoffs: ManpowerGroup
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  • Employers in all four regions of India expect to grow payrolls during the second quarter of 2023.
  • Sector-wise, IT continues to dominate the market with strongest hiring intentions, followed by financials and real estate.
  • Nearly 80% of employers report difficulty finding the talent they need.
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In the second quarter of 2023, hiring outlook in India remains more or less unchanged, says a report by Manpower group. However, the net employment outlook, at 30%, is 8% less than what it was in the same quarter last year.

Net employment outlook is calculated by subtracting employers not planning an increase or replacement versus those planning to hire.

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Employers in all four regions expect to grow payrolls during the second quarter of 2023. West shows the most optimistic hiring pace with +34% followed by North where the Net Employment Outlook stands at +33%. When compared to the same period last year, the outlook has marginally increased by +2 in the West and reduced by +3% in the North.

Large organizations are more optimistic about hiring with the Net Employment Outlook of 40% followed by small organizations (26%) and medium sized organizations (25%). When compared to the same period last year, there is a decline across industry sizes, highest being in micro organizations (-13%) followed by medium (-10%).

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Sector-wise, IT continues to dominate the market with strongest hiring intentions (+38%), followed by financials and real estate(+37%), and industrials & materials (+31%). The weakest outlook is indicated in communication services (+15%).

Talent shortage remains


Nearly four in five employers report difficulty finding the talent they need in 2023.

Employers in information technology (81%), consumer goods and services (81%), health care & life sciences (80%), financials and real estate (80%) and energy and utilities (80%) report the greatest difficulty finding the talent they need.

Organizations say that IT & data (37%), sales & marketing (30%) and engineering (29%) skills are among the most sought-after technical skills.

Employers are also looking for soft skills in their employees. Creativity & originality (37%), critical thinking & analysis (35%), leadership and social influence skills (32%), reasoning & problem-solving (30%), active learning & curiosity (30%) and reliability & self-discipline (29%) are the top-desired soft skills that are most in demand.
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