Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) continued to be the most sought-after sector by job-seekers, a study by CIEL HR Services said on Thursday.

Mumbai topped the list with the highest job demand in the FMCG segment while Masters in Business Administration was the most preferred qualification by employers.

Related Stories
FMCG bounces back in August on the back of festival demand
Demand could sustain with good monsoon expected to help rural economy

"For freshers and mid-level employees, the sector is perceived to be offering the most promising job prospects," the study said.

Most of the top FMCG companies grapple with the challenge of not having the requisite percentage of women in their workforce as only 14 per cent of employees comprise women in the sector, it said.

Related Stories
Operating margins in FMCG likely to remain skewed despite input cost corrections
Over last 12-18 months have led to gross margin decline for most consumer staples companies and unprecedented inflation and volatility in input costs across commodity baskets

"Employment outlook is promising for young management graduates and mid-level employees in the FMCG domain. We see strong growth in hiring the FMCG segment driven by an uptick in sales in the festive season," said CIEL, MD and CEO, Aditya Narayan Mishra.

"Our research shows the demand for sales professionals is the highest followed by operations, business development, marketing, and IT functions," he said.