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Covid-19 prompting Indian professionals to switch industries: Survey

  • The survey, carried out by knowledge intelligence company Morning Consult, discovered {that a} majority of respondents have been actively looking for a job.

The coronavirus illness (Covid-19) pandemic has prompted professionals to rethink their career paths and switch industries amid pay cuts, in accordance to a brand new survey. Amazon India commissioned the survey to gauge the influence of Covid-19 on the heart beat of working professionals throughout industries. The survey, carried out by knowledge intelligence company Morning Consult, discovered {that a} majority of respondents have been actively looking for a job.

India witnessed a nationwide lockdown in the course of the first wave of Covid-19, which led to job losses throughout the formal in addition to the casual sector. As the nation was nonetheless recovering from the impact of nationwide lockdown, the disastrous second Covid wave compelled states to impose lockdown-like restrictions, additional damaging the already strained financial system.

Among 1,000 professionals surveyed throughout the nation, 35 per cent of respondents stated they have been handed pay lower due to Covid-19 whereas 68 per cent stated they have been actively trying to switch industries. Over half of the respondents stated they have been actively in search of a job. Every one in three respondents stated they have been in search of a job the place “they can do more meaningful work”.

“For half of Indian professionals (49 per cent), opportunities that will help them learn and develop is a high priority when considering a job. For 47 per cent of Indian professionals, having a safe workplace environment is a high priority when considering a job,” the survey stated.

While 51% of job-seeking respondents confirmed curiosity in industries they don’t have any expertise, about 55% stated compensation was a significant factor when making use of for a job. Other priorities for job search embrace job safety, work alternatives with transferable career expertise and digital expertise. Three out of 4 respondents have been apprehensive concerning the relevance of their present ability set within the close to future, saying it will likely be outdated in 5 years.

“The study underlines the changing concerns, aspirations and interests of Indian job seekers, particularly brought in by the Covid-19 pandemic. Professionals are looking at broadening the industries and skillsets to stay relevant in the changing job market,” Amazon India stated in an announcement on Sunday.

(With PTI inputs)

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