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How coronavirus has affected jobs India

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Last updated on: March 13, 2020 10:23 IST

'Sectors related to foreign trade, exchange, import and travel are experiencing a slowdown, which is now reflecting in their talent demand too.'

How coronavirus has affected jobs in India

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With the Coronavirus pandemic gathering its grip around India, it is already impacting talent demand across the country.

According to the latest report from TimesJobs RecruiteX, most job sectors registered a fall in talent demand between February and March this year

The February 2020 analysis revealed that projects/infrastructure sector noted the sharpest dip in talent demand followed by petrochemicals/oil and gas, export/import/merchandising and logistics and warehousing sectors.

"The world, especially China, the south-east Asia region, Italy and Iran, has been dealing with the impact of Coronavirus since December 2019. Accordingly, the sectors related to foreign trade, exchange, import and travel are experiencing a slowdown, which is now reflecting in their talent demand too,” said Sanjay Goyal, business head, TimesJobs and TechGig.

Most high-volume sectors, including retail, FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance), manufacturing and engineering registered a drop in talent demand in February 2020 v/s January 2020 comparison.

Sectors with negative talent demand in February-March 2020:

  • Projects/infrastructure/power/energy: -17%
  • Petrochemicals/oil and gas/power: -15%
  • Export/import/merchandising: -15%
  • Logistics and warehousing: -14%

Most job profiles like engineering, sourcing, retailing noted a dip.

Quality/process control is the only group to report growth in demand. The sector noted the highest growth of over 30% in February 2020.

Functional areas that witnessed negative talent demand in February-March 2020:

  • Logistics/supply chain: -17%
  • Customer service/tele calling: -14%
  • Front office/administration: -13%
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