Economic Slowdown: Online Hiring Slips 5% In First Six Months Of 2019
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Economic Slowdown: Online Hiring Slips 5% In First Six Months Of 2019

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The economic slowdown in the country has led to a 5 percent decline in online hiring in the 2019 January-June period compared to the preceding six months, according to a report.

The hiring trend for first half of 2019 has registered a slowdown in growth by almost 5 percent, compared to second-half of 2018, mainly led by sectors including automotive, ancillaries, tyres sectors where online hiring dipped by 10 percent and agro-based industries that went down by 51 percent, according to Monster Employment Index.

Meanwhile, year-on-year basis the online hiring demand witnessed 16 percent growth first half of 2019 compared to first half of 2018.

“The online hiring demand has witnessed a 16 percent increase between first half of 2018 and first half of 2019. The demand was led by tier-II cities, sectors like retail, telecom and professions including hospitality and travel and finance and accounting. There are certain sectors including agro-based industries, automotive and consumer goods and FMCG that need attention in order to revive demand,” Monster.com CEO,AC and Gulf, Krish Seshadri said.

Concerning automotive industry, there have been certain developments like the Reserve Bank of India’s repo rate cut, which should revive the appetite for car loans and hence the demand, he said.

The government is also focusing on electric vehicles, which should help the sector in the long-term, he added. Telecom has shown growth from first half of 2018 where it was falling by 1 percent, it said adding that the hiring numbers further fell by 13 percent in second half of 2018.

However, the sector managed to recover in first half of 2019 where it has registered a growth of 22 percent, it added. Similarly, automobile and ancillaries industry continued to fall from 3 percent in second half of 2018 to 10 percent in first half of 2019.

The social services registered a 25 percent growth rate in second half of 2018, however, it fell to 2 percent in first half of 2019.

Agro-based industries were growing at 23 percent in second half of 2018 but in first half of 2019, they registered a 51 percent decline in online hiring.

Tier II cities have shown a higher hiring demand in the first half of 2019 compared to the metros, it said.

Both Baroda and Ahmedabad registered higher hiring demand numbers consistently compared to the metros, it said. Baroda had a demand of 11 percent in first half of 2019, recovering from a fall of 19 percent in the corresponding time frame in 2018.

Simultaneously, Ahmedabad registered a 5 percent growth, recovering from a 16 percent fall in demand in first half of 2018.

On the other hand, it revealed that metro cities have shown a lower hiring demand like Delhi (3 percent), Mumbai (0 percent), Bangalore (1 percent) and Hyderabad (3 percent) showed a marginal increase in demand.

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