With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic last year and the second wave still raging in the country, we now a fluid digital workforce. India experienced an increase in the number of organizations offering remote work opportunities. With heavy digitization, the demand for techies and IT professionals has gone up globally.
According to a report by the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), India experienced a doubling demand for IT professionals since March 2020. This does not come as a surprise to many because of the increasing online work environment. However, with time, it will become a challenge for the tech sector to source and retain quality talent.
The famous job portal Indeed has revealed in a report that more job seekers are now browsing for ‘remote work’ or ‘work-from-home opportunities’. According to statistics on the job site Indeed, the spike in remote work searches increased by 966% in April 2021 as compared to April 2020.
Also, according to the ISF, more organizations are now willing to hire freshers. The willingness to hire freshers has gone up from 6 per cent to 15 per cent in 2021. Amongst all the sectors, the tech sector is the most willing to hire freshers at 24 per cent followed by the telecom sector at 21 per cent. The e-commerce sector experienced a 19 per cent increase in the willingness to hire freshers.
Because of the challenge of sourcing and retaining the right talent, the demand for hiring and keeping temporary staff has gone up. Maximum hiring of freshers is being done from college and university campuses. They are being imparted training before handing over projects to work on. The skills to look forward to are artificial Intelligence, data science, cloud computing, information security and blockchain.
Organizations are heavily working to streamline HR processes in organizations are now looking forward to training and hiring contractual workers.