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Majority of hiring in Covid2019 period for niche roles with stringent processes

15 per cent of companies hiring only on a contractual basis

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NEW DELHI: Majority of the organisations which are continuing hiring during the Covid2019 period are hiring for niche roles only, reveals ‘Indian workplaces response to COVID-19’ survey by Times Jobs. The survey highlights that 63 per cent of HR managers are still hiring amidst the pandemic and 65 per cent of them are hiring for only niche roles. The survey was taken by 1145 HR managers from a variety of different sectors.

Twenty per cent of the respondents remarked that they have suspended hiring activities for this year and 15 per cent shared that their companies are hiring employees only on a contractual basis. 

Another interesting point highlighted by the survey is that 34 per cent of respondents are aggressively working to fix problems within the business and find new solutions and ensure future business survival. 

However, the purpose for recruitment might have become more stringent during the pandemic period as 42 per cent of HR managers said their company has been using skills assessment tests for these niche roles. 

Sixty one per cent of HR managers proclaimed that hiring a diverse team was their top priority, even more so than factors such as learning and development and almost a quarter said they’d posted neutral job description to encourage a more diverse array of workers to apply during the crisis. 

TimesJobs business head Sanjay Goyal said the fact companies were mainly hiring for niche jobs points to these organisations being “virtual-ready,” the ones who have “restructured/are restructuring their products and processes for customers and employees via technology.” In this vein, 49 per cent of respondents said that their companies were investing in virtual work-ready modules as well as upskilling programs, reported People Matters. 

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