The year has started on a very positive note for job seekers as January has witnessed the maximum improvement in hiring activity in the last 12 months, says leading job portal Naukri.com.

According to the Naukri Job Speak index — that indicates hiring activities online — January 2013 saw maximum movement with the overall hiring activity.

The index moved up by 10 per cent in January 2013 (index value-1270) compared to December 2012 (index value-1150).

The report said the year 2013 began with job creation across key industry segments, and sectors like IT-Software, BPO, Banking and Oil and Gas witnessed double-digit percentage growth in their hiring numbers in the last one month.

While most important sectors saw positive movement in hiring activity, telecom and insurance sectors saw dipping hiring levels with index value going down by 6 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively, in January 2013 over December 2012.

Meanwhile, a similar sentiment was echoed in a survey with recruiters where 68 per cent said that new jobs will be created in 2013.

“2013 will see an improvement in fresh and replacement hiring and there will be demand for skilled candidates”.

“Improvement in government decision making and buoyancy in financial markets may lead to a much better macro environment in the coming months,” Internet firm Info Edge, which owns job portal Naukri.com, CEO and MD, Hitesh Oberoi said.

Positive hiring activity was seen for professionals across important functional areas. Highest demand was seen for professionals in ITeS, software services and sales domains.

Barring Pune which saw a minor 2 per cent dip in hiring activity, all the other important cities saw positive employment trends.

Hiring activity for Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad moved up within the range of 10 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively, in January 2013 when compared to December 2012, the report said.

(This article was published on February 13, 2013)
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