Recruitment Trends - March 2018 Edition

Posted by:   Mahak Kewalramani Date:Mar 06, 2018

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Market News, Trends & Predictions 

Hire & Fire: A boost for job creation in Budget 2018 
In what is being seen as a big boost to job creation, the government will allow fixed-term hiring across sectors while committing itself to bear the entire 12% of the employers’ contribution to the provident fund for all new employees. 
Source: Econmic Times; 2 Feb, 2018 

Government’s infrastructure projects, social welfare schemes may create 5 million jobs a year 
The government’s infrastructure development projects and social welfare schemes can generate at least five million jobs every year, absorbing nearly half of the 10 million people who annually enter the country's workforce, an analysis of Budget data shows. 
Source: Econmic Times; 3 Feb, 2018 

Job postings on blockchain, cryptocurrency quadruple: Report 
Job postings related to blockchain and cryptocurrency continue to proliferate in India despite regulatory uncertainty, a new report from job portal Indeed said. According to the report, in the six months to November 2017, the number of cryptocurrency and blockchain jobs posted on the Indeed website rose 290%. 
Source: VC Circle; 5 Feb, 2018 

Hiring on a revival mode, employability up from 33% to 45% in 5 years: Report 
Hiring is on a revival mode this year while employability has gone up from 33% to 45% in 5 years, according to India Skills Report 2018. 
Source: Economic Times; 9 Feb, 2018

Employee News 

Variable pay and flexi-benefits on rise: Report 
According to TeamLease Compensation and Total Rewards Trend Reports, the movement in salary structure is towards an increasing the proportion of the variable pay and the flexi-benefits offered, as part of the Total Rewards strategy in the Industry. The report states that the average variable pay across hierarchies are risen to 10.6 percent of the total combination. 
Source: People Matters; 8 Feb, 2018 

Corporates offer flexi hours to ease staff’s commute woes 
With technology blurring the boundaries between work and life, the concept of work hours is passé. This has helped organizations accelerate business growth while extending empathy towards employees with flexi-work options. Flexi-work hours adopted by some progressive organizations have helped them manage their office schedules with ease. 
Source: Times of India; 18 Feb, 2018 

5,000 Aircel staff to hit job street choked with ex-employees of shut telcos 
Aircel's 5,000-odd employees are headed to job market already clogged with former employees of telcos that have either pulled down shutters or are going through merger. Executive search firms, which already have received several resumes from Aircel employees, expect the number to shoot up post Aircel's warning letter to its team members.
Source: Economic Times; 23 Feb, 2018 

India Inc’s avg salary hike to be 9.4% this year: Aon Hewitt survey 
Employees in India are likely to get an average salary hike of just 9.4 per cent this year, same as last year, while key talent are expected to get appraisals of as much as 15.4 per cent as companies increase focus on performance. 
Source: Hindu Business Line; 27 Feb, 2018

Campus Buzz 

IIM Lucknow completes final placements with 454 offers by 143 recruiters 
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow has completed final placements for the PGP class of 2016-18 with a total of 454 offers being made by 143 recruiters including 47 new recruiters for a batch of 445 students. The offers included 20% increase in the number of Pre Placement Offers, 30% increase in the number of offers from the Higher Entry Placement Process (HEPP) and 220 offers from the final placements. 
Source: Economic Times; 6 Feb, 2018 

IIM Rohtak completes final placements with 139 offers; 75% increase in new recruiters 
IIM Rohtak has completed final placements for its 2016-18 batch, with students bagging 139 offers from 90-plus recruiters. There were over 40 new recruiters on campus, representing a 75% increase over last year. 
Source: Economic Times; 20 Feb, 2018


Recruitment Industry 

Recruiters find senior level hiring a challenge: Survey 
Salaries and benefits have become the biggest challenge for recruiters as most senior level candidates look for 20-40 per cent hike over their current salary, according to a survey. 
Source: Economic Times; 7 Feb, 2018 

Bosch India Group plans to hire up to 10,000 people for R&D 
Bosch made headlines with its plans to hire up to 10,000 engineers over the next few years to work on futuristic technologies at its domestic R&D centre. The company will invest between Rs 500 crore and Rs 800 crore in each of the next two years in India to expand local operations, including in R&D to develop products for global market. 
Source: Business Today; 8 Feb, 2018 

Artificial intelligence is changing the way companies hire: Korn Ferry survey 
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of APAC respondents say Artificial Intelligence (AI) has changed the way recruiting is done in their organization, with 76% saying using AI as a sourcing tool generates higher-quality candidates. These are the findings of a global Korn Ferry survey of close to 800 talent acquisition talent professionals. 
Source: Economic Times; 9 Feb, 2018 

'Crowdsourced' recruitment gaining momentum: Experts 
Recruitment through the online community, also known as 'crowdsourcing', is slowly gaining momentum in India and is expected to grow by 25 per cent in the next few years, according to industry experts. In India, the growth has been at 15 per cent year-on- year until 2016 and is expected to grow at 25 per cent for the forthcoming years. 
Source: Economic Times; 11 Feb, 2018 

LinkedIn Launches 'Scheduler' Feature to Ease Hiring Process 
Professional social network site LinkedIn on Wednesday launched a new tool called "Scheduler" that will help ease the hiring process as well as avoid fallouts. "LinkedIn Scheduler" automates initial interview scheduling directly via InMail. The new tool would help candidates and recruiters save time spent on scheduling a meeting and help recruiters focus their energies on hiring strategically and onboarding the best candidate, the Microsoft-owned company said in a statement. 
Source: News18; 15 Feb, 2018

Leadership Movements in HR & Talent Acquisition 

Raj Raghavan to move from Amazon to IndiGo as Sr VP-HR 
Raj Raghavan, head-HR, APAC, Amazon has put in his papers. Currently serving his notice period, Raghavan is all set to join IndiGo Airlines in April, as senior VP-HR. Raghavan told HRKatha, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my seven years in Amazon and am so glad I had an opportunity to be a part of their amazing journey in the region.” 
Source: HR Katha; 1 Feb, 2018 

Pawan Setty onboards Air Asia as Head-People & Culture 
AirAsia has hired Pawn Setty as head – people & culture. Setty will be part of the senior management team at Air Asia India. Setty has moved from an American company - International Flavors & Fragrances - which has over 5000 employees worldwide. He headed the HR function for India operations for four years. 
Source: HR Katha; 15 Feb, 2018 

Sunil Singh moves into a new role as head of Leadership Academy at Reliance 
Sunil Singh has taken over as head of the Leadership Academy at Reliance Industries. Singh will have to collaborate and communicate with peers across Learning & Talent centres of excellence (CoEs), to ensure a collaborative approach to leadership development and talent management. 
Source: HR Katha; 19 Feb, 2018 

Ericsson names Priyanka Anand as HR Head- South East Asia, Oceania & India 
Ericsson’s former VP and global Human Resources (HR) Head, Priyanka Anand on Monday has been appointed as the company Vice President and Head of HR for Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India (MOAI). 
Source: New Indian Express; 19 Feb, 2018 

Eastman Auto & Power appoints Satyendra K. Mallik as president & CHRO 
Eastman Auto & Power has appointed Satyendra K. Mallik as president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). In his new role, Mallik will be responsible for steering organisational transformation and overall HR strategy, compensation and talent initiatives, while also driving the Company’s information technology and business process automation. 
Source: HR Katha; 21 Feb, 2018 

Fullerton India appoints Anil Noronha as Executive VP & HR Head 
Fullerton India Credit Company Limited (Fullerton India), appointed Anil Noronha as the Executive Vice President and Head – Human Resources. Noronha will oversee core Human Resources functions for Fullerton India Credit Company. In his new role, he will be responsible for driving leadership and creating a progressive culture through designing programs in alignment with business needs. 
Source: People Matters; 27 Feb, 2018

Humour in Recruitment - New Blog Posts

7 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Job Search 
Job search is a tough process. In today’s competitive market, even a typo in a resume is enough to knock you out. Being careful of what you write, say, apply and pitch will ensure you impress recruiters. To help you, we have rounded up a few of the common mistakes that job seekers typically make.


6 Things No One Tells You About Your First Job 
A start of a new job or career are the most memorable ones yet stressful. Every job comes with ups and downs which finally lead to a very good career growth. To pursue a successful career you have to learn, and this learning can be done during your first job. Keep in mind; however confident the employees sitting in the cubicle seems, trust me: they didn't know everything at first either.

How to Read a Job Description 
The Job Description defines the criteria that would be used for assessment and selection of potential candidates. It also gives a summary of the job/tasks you will be performing if hired by the organization. Hence spend some time carefully reading the Job Description, understand the education, skills and experience required and only then apply for the role.

How To Answer The "Tell Me About Yourself" Job Interview Question 
Since this is usually the first question in the interview, it creates a first impression as well as sets the tone for the rest of the discussion. Hence it is important for you as an interviewee to be prepared and put up a strong, well-thought-out response.

Things You Should Not Say During a Job Interview 
Whether you are a fresher hunting for your first job or an experienced professional, committing false move during job interviews can drain your confidence level. As interviewees, you generally refer to various questions for preparing yourself towards answering a job interview questions. But, taking time and answering is better than saying things the hiring manager would NOT want to hear!

3 common interview questions job seekers struggle with the most, and how you should answer them 
It is quite surprising that the trickiest interview questions are simple, common and straightforward. But while they seem simple, how you answer is actually what counts. Managers across industries are looking for analytical and sharp thinkers who can make a great first impression. March Poll
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