• News
  • Columns
  • Interviews
  • BW Communities
  • Events
  • BW TV
  • Subscribe to Print
  • Editorial Calendar 19-20
BW Businessworld

Skills More Important Than Ever

Skills have taken precedence over qualification in last 71 years

Photo Credit : ShutterStock


Education and skills have improved over time since India’s independence, however, skills have taken precedence over qualification in last 71 years, according to the TimesJobs’ exclusive survey generated by responses from more than 1,000 HR managers. 

Skilled candidates preferred over highly qualified ones

More than half (53%) of HR managers think one has to be aptly skilled in order to get a job in India today, whereas being qualified is given the last consideration in independent India. Analytical skills are most desired by the organisations, whereas cognitive and social and emotional intelligence are secondary in comparison. 

HR managers believe MNCs have been the biggest job creators post-independence. Factors like investment in infrastructure and government reforms to generate employment were ranked second and third respectively. This is a clear indicator of a sentiment that India’s burgeoning economy is attracting foreign players and friendly policies are helping generate more jobs for people. 

Women emerged as better leaders

Last 71 years were not only about the paradigm shifts in the employment space but these years also saw break down of conventional decorum, especially the advent of women in corporate spheres. More than 41 percent respondents think women have changed the convention of male dominance at leadership positions, whereas 37 percent of respondents say over the years women have become more liberal in choosing their profession.
Ramathreya Krishnamurthy, Business Head of TimesJobs believes we are just starting to take off, “Indian job market has done fairly well in the last 71 years in terms of jobs creation and also in terms of scope of employment. However, this is just a beginning since the coming age is all about technology and related services and India has a lot of potential to be the world leader in that sphere.”

India recently became sixth largest economy on the GDP basis, but a lot needs to be done to create more jobs for the millennial population and improving the work-life balance at workplaces. The professional competition has intensified, bringing aspects like skill upgradation, career rotation to the forefront.

Tags assigned to this article:
jobs skills education hr managers employment women leaders