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44% of recruiters anticipate new jobs to be added in 2009, 4.6% expect layoffs: Survey

According to a survey of more than 900 recruiters conducted by Naukri.com, 44 per cent of recruiters predict addition of new jobs, 37.5 per cent expect replacement hiring, 13.4 per cent expect a freeze and 4.6 per cent anticipate layoffs in 2009. A similar survey conducted in December 2008 had revealed that only 38 per cent of the recruiters anticipated new jobs during the year, as compared to 44 per cent in June 2009.

According to a survey of more than 900 recruiters conducted by Naukri.com, 44 per cent of recruiters predict addition of new jobs, 37.5 per cent expect replacement hiring, 13.4 per cent expect a freeze and 4.6 per cent anticipate layoffs in 2009. A similar survey conducted in December 2008 had revealed that only 38 per cent of the recruiters anticipated new jobs during the year, as compared to 44 per cent in June 2009.

“We perceive a positive sentiment among recruiters. Most companies are now doing replacement hiring. There has been an improvement in the hiring activity of industries including telecom, auto, banking and capital goods,” Sumeet Singh, national head, marketing and communications, Info Edge India, the company which owns Naukri.com, has said

According to Naukri.com, the survey revealed a positive hiring scenario in industries like pharma and medical, construction and engineering and telecom, where over 50 per cent of the recruiters indicated that there would be creation of new jobs during 2009. About 15 per cent of the recruiters in the IT industry indicated that there will be no hiring during the year, while 4 per cent indicated that there would be layoffs. The scenario seemed worse for ITeS where over 8 per cent of the recruiters indicated layoffs during the year.

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