The Salary Benchmark report for 2019 by Michael Page was released yesterday. The report predicts strong hiring activity to continue (especially in the technology sector) and a general broadening of roles.
The key findings from the study were:
1) A higher demand for senior executives armed with business and stakeholder management experience
2) A more widespread increase in the adoption of diversity in hiring strategies as the focus has shifted to becoming equal opportunity employers
3) An average increase of 20-25% seems to be the norm when switching jobs within similar industries for the same function
4) 88% of job seekers are hopeful and tend to believe that they will have better opportunities for developing their skills
5) 80% of job seekers perceive the economic situation to be good while 63% of employees are satisfied with their general work conditions
6) The primary reasons for a job switch include the motivation to develop new skills and the need to maintain better work life balance
Nicolas Dumoulin, Managing Director at Michael Page India stated, “Movement among senior level professionals can be attributed to the growth of India’s industries and the availability of talent. This explains the key employment activity within the mid and large manufacturing organizations specializing in chemicals, building materials as well as domestic consumer companies.”
He added that the injection of new funds in the private equity sector has also led to a growth in senior level hiring. Moreover, he believes that there has and will continue to be the trend of the senior talent from FMCG and banking companies moving to Ecommerce and fintech businesses with the growth of the latter industries as the opportunities for these seasoned professionals increase.
The report also foretells an increase in demand for human resource, finance and legal business partnering roles as many businesses in the country try to focus on professionalizing their functions. Furthermore, while the demand for skills in Big Data, Machine Learning and data science increases, there will also be a growing demand from leaders to be agile, flexible and strategy-oriented while also developing mentorship skills.
Here’s a sector-wise understanding of the key findings:
Banking and financial services: NBFCs and private banking platforms need experience in SME lending, affordable housing and senior relationship management. Global investment firms are looking out for expansion opportunities across private equity and are also focused on new products such as credit, special situations, real estate and infrastructure.
Media release, healthcare and life sciences: Pharmaceutical MNCs are looking at setting up globally shared service centres to consolidate procurement. Modifications at the leadership levels indicate an increase in diversity. A 20 to 25% salary increase can be expected by employees switching jobs.
Technology, digital and analytics: Increased demand for individuals with experience in new age technology such as AI, IoT, machine learning and blockchain. Technological advancement across industries has led to higher demand for analytics professionals as organizations aim to make business decisions that are data-driven. There will also be a need to fill up niche areas like computer vision, natural language processing (NLP) and speech analytics.
Human resources: There is a clear need for HR partners to plan and implement strong onboarding policies with a holistic framework that includes training and induction to increase motivation, engagement and retention. The report predicts an increase in hiring activity for senior professionals within Indian organizations and startups. An average salary hike of of 15 to 18% appears to be the norm for job switches.
Salary trends are cyclical since they are created out of organizational and individual decisions while also being based on market trends. At the same time though, they have the power to make organizations and individual professionals think differently, thus leading to a change. As companies and employees head on with the year, how will these predicted trends truly pan out?