Employability in Bengaluru continues to be the highest in the country. The city is followed by Chennai, Guntur and Lucknow, according to the India Skills Report 2019.
According to experts, the credit for the Startup City’s high employability credentials goes to active collaboration between government, industry and academia in making students skilled and job-ready.
The recently released report also revealed that Karnataka recorded the second highest hiring activity during the current year.
Speaking of Bengaluru’s high employability and what’s giving a head start to young Bengalureans in career-building, prof Anil Rao Paila, senior dean and director of Weschool, said, “The reasons behind Bengaluru continuing to be on top are organizations like Confederation of Indian Industry and several others which are pushing for industry-academia relationship to meet the requirement of a skilled taskforce, institutions setting up assessment centres to track students’ improvement, dedicated career management cells and effective and clear communication skills.”
Last but not the least is the fact that both employees and employers are motivated to conduct periodic reskilling of the workforce, which keeps enthusiasm intact, added Paila, who’s also former president of Association of Indian Management Schools.
Apart from bagging the first place in employability, Bengaluru was the most preferred city for work by women employees, who choose sectors like banking, hospitality and travel, software hardware, and information technology.
After Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune were the most sought-after work destinations among women. “Women pick Bengaluru over other cities because companies monitor their safety through technology and give them confidence. The variety of job options is another reason,” said Neeti Sharma, senior vice-president, Teamlease Services, a human resource and employment agency.
Ankita Mishra, an international bank employee relocated to Bengaluru from Agra six months ago. “There are three factors why I migrated to this city — good salary package, safety and motivating work culture. There are many ways to stay positive at work,” she said.
The survey was jointly conducted by Wheebox, PeopleStrong, CII, and supported and backed by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Engineers across the country were found to be more employable than MBA or arts graduates, with an employability rate of 57%. The employability rate of MBA graduates was 36% and arts graduates 35%.