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Demand for niche tech skills remains strong in India despite economic slowdown due to COVID-19


PTI, Jun 23, 2020, 12:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Despite the economic setback India is experiencing from the COVID-19 pandemic, business leaders and experts are predicting the Indian economy and recruitment landscape will bounce back in the near future.

However, the demand for technology talent with niche skill sets in e-commerce, artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging industries continues to stay strong.

This is according to RGF International Recruitment’s latest Salary Watch: India report, which aims to better understand salary trends across all industries and job levels in India based on targeted research of more than 207,000 candidates.

In terms of salary data for jobs in the technology industry, Cybersecurity Directors at global MNCs are able to command up to INR90,00,000 per year. Meanwhile, AI & Data Science Architects and Mobile Development Architects can earn up to INR1,00,00,000 and INR70,00,000 respectively.

As e-commerce has gained popularity across India, the need for qualified talent to support these on-demand services, websites and applications are on the rise. Ecommerce directors at a global MNC command up to INR3,50,00,000 per year, while Digitalization and CRM Managers can earn up to INR60,00,000 and INR40,00,000 per year respectively.

Paving the way for future growth, India’s smart manufacturing sector also has a strong demand for qualified talent, including highly-experienced Production Directors and who can command up to INR1,00,00,000 per year at an MNC, while R&D Managers and Quality Management Supervisors at similar firms with comparatively fewer years of experience can earn up to INR24,00,000 and INR25,00,000 respectively.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has certainly impacted the Indian economy with hiring freezes, salary cuts and layoffs in some of the more affected sectors. However, the sheer size and diversity of the Indian job market should allow it to make a swift and strong recovery from this dip. Technology-driven industries remain relatively unaffected as the demand for digital services in AI, big data, cybersecurity, and e-commerce continues to rise amidst the global pandemic,” said Sanjay R. Shastry, Managing Director, RGF Executive Search India.

“In volatile times like this, businesses need strong leaders who have the agility and prudence to quickly pivot their business strategy and work towards making organisations crisis-ready. Recruiters looking to hire at this time must seek out candidates with the necessary leadership skills and forward-thinking perspective to drive business growth, both during and after the pandemic,” said Sachin Kulshrestha, Managing Director, RGF Professional Recruitment India.

A global leader in IT services, India has seen a widening skill gap in recent years as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and other advanced software rises to prominence.

The World Economic Forum forecasted that half of India’s workforce will need reskilling by 2022. Although fresh graduates can help to plug some of this gap, there is an urgent need for businesses to enhance training and development exercises to ensure that their workforce’s skills remain sharp and relevant.

RGF also found that 38% of professionals in India across all industries expect a salary increase when they change employers. Additionally, job candidates in India are also motivated by career advancement and development opportunities, with 68% saying they would be interested in joining or staying at a company that allows them to expand their knowledge and skills, with another 65% factor in the title and responsibilities of the role.

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