Spurred by the job market demands influenced by digitisation, automation, and changing work models, number of job vacancies in the blue and grey-collar industry increased by 301% in the past year, from 26,26,637 in 2021 to 1,05,42,820 in 2022.
The findings of Billion Careers, the subsidiary of Quess Corp reflect that companies are focusing on skill-based mass hiring to boost productivity and efficiency in India.
The data further reveals that in urban and rural areas, the popularity of candidate discovery platforms rose by 236% over the past year. Metro cities like Delhi (11.57%) followed by Bengaluru (11.55%) showed the most demand for blue and grey collar jobs. Cities like Mumbai (10.21%), Hyderabad (7.78%), and Pune (5.8%) also saw encouraging hiring trends.
Positive hiring patterns were seen across job profiles such as BPO/Customer Care (up 21%), field sales (up 7%), business development roles (up 19%), admin and human resources (up 31%), and security guard (up 110%), compared to 2021.
On the other hand, there was a slight decline in demand for job roles in data entry and back office (down 18%), counter sales and retail (down 7%), and delivery and driving (down 25%). Delivery and driver roles saw a maximum decline among other job categories.
Around 60% of blue and grey collar hires were freshers with 0 to 3 years of work experience, reveals the report. Further, it points out that organisations prefer hiring freshers, who are technologically advanced and efficient.
In view of the transition into digital age, recruiters want blue and grey-collar workers with expertise in analytical and digital skills, such as machine learning, robotics, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence. Data reflects that legal, IT, healthcare, telecom, and customer care job profiles provide the highest wages, with the average salary for fresh hires ranging from Rs 8,000 to Rs 25,000 per month.
"The job market trends of 2022, ranging from Great Resignation to the emergence of gigs, have shown that every segment will be more focused on hiring, including blue and grey collar workers," said Ajay Kumar Singh, Sr. VP and Chief Business Officer of Billion Careers (a Quess subsidiary).
"Organisations today also prefer hiring employees with tech-related skills, as digitisation has penetrated across India. Recruiters will optimise hiring processes through technology and address the demand-supply talent gap, focusing on employee engagement and retention,” added Singh.