Magical May? Talent demand gains 6% M-o-M as Retail, FMCG, Infra, Petrochemicals & IT/Telecom post double digit growth in May’21

New Delhi, June 8, 2021: It was work as usual at India Inc. amid the nation-wide ‘Corona lockdown’ in May’ 21 as talent demand grew by 6% M-o-M despite the lull outside. Five sectors – including Retail, FMCG, Infrastructure, Petrochemicals & IT/Telecom – posted a double digit M-o-M growth in talent demand; indicating that corporate India was raring to go even amid the tough COVID-19 situations. The Automobiles, Construction, Healthcare and Manufacturing sectors too noted single digit growth in Apr’21 v/s May’21 comparison of talent demand, reported TimesJobs RecruiteX. RecruiteX is a monthly recruitment index that records the demand and supply of talent at India Inc.

Most states had exempted e-commerce and take-away operations from the lockdown curbs along with ‘in-situ’ activities which propelled growth in Retail, FMCG, Infrastructure, Construction, Petrochemicals and Manufacturing sectors. IT/Telecom has been betting on ‘work-from-home’ for business continuity since Mar’20, hence its talent demand growth has been uninterrupted even amid the May’21 lockdown. Here’s how different industries fared in M-o-M analysis of talent demand in May’21:


Elaborating on the findings of RecruiteX May’21 edition, Sanjay Goyal, Business Head TimesJobs and TechGig said, “The COVID-19 lockdown measures in 2021 weren’t as stringent as the 2020 version. Most state governments allowed ‘in-situ’ activities to continue hence heavy duty sectors continued work as usual, unlike the 2020 lockdown curbs when everything had come to a complete halt. Retail saw over 30% growth, FMCG had 28%, Infrastructure clocked 21% gain, followed by Petrochemicals and IT/Telecom at 15% and 13% M-o-M growth respectively. With the unlock measures in progress and the COVID-19 infection cases in control, I’m hopeful that more businesses will re-open for work and talent demand graphs will take off further in June’21”.

Sector-wise M-o-M top gainers in talent demand:
Retail: Over 30%
Consumer Durables/FMCG: 28%
Infrastructure/Projects: 21%
Petrochemicals/ Oil and Gas/ Power: 15%
IT/Telecom: 13%

City-wise M-o-M top gainers in talent demand:
● Vadodara: 45%
● Pune: 43%
● Indore: 13%
● Mumbai: 7%
● Bengaluru: 6%

Functional area-wise M-o-M top gainers in talent demand:
● Marketing & Advertising: Over 30%
● Logistics/ Supply Chain Management: 29%
● Engineering: 27%
● IT/Telecom: 15%
● Accounting & Finance: 1%

Work experience-wise M-o-M top gainers in talent demand:
● 20+ years of experience: Over 30%
● Less than 2 years of experience: 17%
● 10-20 years of experience: 8%
● 5-10 years of experience: 3%

About RecruiteX:
RecruiteX is the recruitment index for India. It is an analysis identifying the hiring activity and trends in India Inc. Based on tactful extraction and examination of jobs posted and applied for in a month at TimesJobs, it details ‘recruitment’ as a process backed by hiring sentiments of a recruiter and aspirations of the job seekers alike.

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