Production/manufacturing, sales and marketing roles were the other preferred options, said employment specialist firm Indeed in its recently released hiring tracker, which has insights on hiring trends.
The data showed that 61% of the surveyed employers engaged in hiring between April and June quarter, which resulted in an 8% increase in white-collar hiring.
The survey included data from 1,109 employers and 2,517 jobseekers or employees. The data covered many cities, sectors and big and small organisations.
Irrespective of the sector, there was an increase in demand for skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and communication, along with technical skills, in the changing workplace. Given the spate of layoffs recently, Indeed’s data showed that 62% of those surveyed either were laid off or witnessed it among their peers, leading to more job competition and financial insecurity.
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Sashi Kumar, Head of Sales at Indeed India, said, “The findings from our Q2 2023 hiring tracker provide valuable insights into the current state of the job market. The IT sector remains strong, and there is a clear demand for specific skill sets. Tech and soft skills will continue to play a significant role as candidates navigate the digital boom.”
There were fewer openings for new graduates and the skill requirements have also changed.
Besides, research across multiple data sources showed that the locations for some early career jobs were no longer in just the metros. In fact, the Indeed data showed that non-metro cities and tech hubs like Hyderabad (37%) and Pune (39%) were now hotspots of demand for freshers.
The Indeed data said the white-collar job