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Flexible career a priority among job seekers; prefer work from home: Report

Digital marketing, government, and technology-related jobs saw a significant rise in 2017

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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More and more job seekers in India and other parts of the world are looking for "flexible career" opportunities and getting inclined towards 'work from home' option, says a report.

An annual study was undertaken by 'Indeed' globally noted that Indian job seekers put flexibility at a premium with searches for 'work from home' increasing 111 per cent in 2017.

"With companies offering competitive salaries and generous perks along with great flexibilities, employees are increasingly exploring opportunities that allow time for growth in personal capabilities," the report said.

Among others, marketing, government, and technology-related also saw a significant rise in 2017.

Global technology disruptions coupled with the Indian government's aggressive focus on has seen its impact on the local labour market.

"With more companies in India wanting to increase their presence, there is a visible surge in job searches for digital marketing with core technology opportunities in the domains of Machine learning, Data scientist and Data analytics being the hot favourites," the report added.

The report further noted that, while pharma sector saw a 40 per cent dip in search volumes in 2017 compared to 2016, for Ayurveda saw a growth rate of 56 per cent in 2017.

Moreover, government job searches witnessed a boost despite a surge in tech opportunities. "While globally tech are the most sought after, in India job seekers are inclining towards public sector jobs," it noted.

"While flexibility remains a priority for most job aspirants globally and in India, the inclination of the Indian workforce towards Ayurveda and public sector jobs signify the impact of socio-economic developments on the job market and people's preferences," said Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India.

Indeed's data science team analysed hundreds of thousands of search terms in ten countries to identify which of them dramatically increased their share of search traffic in the year.

First Published: Mon, December 25 2017. 13:29 IST