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7 out of 10 Indians shun startup jobs, line up for big corporates

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Given the prevailing economic uncertainties and the recent challenges faced by the startup ecosystem, 7 out of 10 (73 per cent) job seekers are now preferring large corporations over startups in India, a new report showed on Tuesday.

According to leading jobs and professional networking platform apna.co, job seekers are now preferring stable and established companies to work with and grow within the organisation instead of startups.

Only 27 per cent of employees would still consider switching to startups for career growth.

“India’s job market is evolving rapidly with changing preferences of job seekers who are now more inclined towards stable and established companies for better career growth prospects,” said Nirmit Parikh, Founder & CEO, apna.co.

The report included over 10,000 job seekers and 1,000 HR recruiters.

While employers are preferring a skills-first approach, the report mentioned that job seekers prioritise career growth opportunities, along with salary over location and commute, work-life balance and culture of the company, when searching for a job.

About 73 per cent of Indians consider career growth as the primary factor in their job search, even surpassing the importance of work-life balance and flexible working hours.

Around 9 out of 10 employers have recognised the importance of skilled professionals as a major criterion for hiring, however, only 6 out of 10 employers have implemented upskilling programmes in their organisations.

Moreover, the report said that employers are now looking for candidates with technical skills, especially for roles in the field of artificial intelligence, data science, and digital marketing.

Nearly 65 per cent of professionals consider requisite skills to be as crucial as a degree from a reputed institute to succeed in a job interview.

According to the report, women appear to place greater emphasis on relevant skills, with 77 per cent of female respondents indicating its importance as compared to 51 per cent of males.

–IANS

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