KOLKATA: Big Data, machine learning and data science will drive top job opportunities this year, says the Salary Benchmark 2019 report by professional recruitment consultancy Michael Page India. Strong hiring activity is expected to continue as roles broaden to senior hires, given an increased demand for senior Indian executives equipped with business and stakeholder management experience.
“Movement among senior-level professionals can be attributed to the growth of India’s industries and the availability of talent. This explains the key employment activity within the mid and large manufacturing organisations specialising in chemicals, building materials as well as domestic consumer companies,” said Nicolas Dumoulin, Managing Director at Michael Page India in a statement.
“The entrance of new funds within the private equity sector has also led to senior level hiring. Furthermore the rise of India’s Ecommerce and fintechNSE 0.00 % businesses have increased opportunities for senior talent to move in from established industries such as the FMCG and banking spaces,” added Dumoulin.
As Indian businesses focus their efforts on professionalising their operations, Michael Page India foresees increased demand for talent in business partnering functions such as human resources, finance and legal. In particular, recruitment activity in the technology sector is anticipated to grow significantly with new CTO and CIO roles. Rapid advancement in the digital space has led to a surge in demand for professionals skilled in Big Data, machine learning and data science.
In addition to the prerequisite technical abilities depending on job title, this new breed of business leaders in India also have to display agility, flexibility, a strategic and commercial mindset as well as mentorship qualities.
While India has a strong pool of senior leaders on par with business standards in developed markets, the increased pace of market growth has given rise to an acute shortage of available talent at this level. “The limited candidate pool has driven up the cost for senior talent over the years. Professionals moving jobs at this management level can expect 20 to 25% increases on their compensation package,” said Domoulin.