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Nearly half of Indians consider part-time jobs unattractive

Posted on September 23, 2011
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Getting a job might be a difficult proposition these days but a survey has found that 46% of employees in the country are averse to part-time employment.

In India 46% of employees believe working part-time is not a sound career move, according to Ma Foi Randstad Workmonitor Survey 2011 – Wave3.

The global average of employees working in a part time job is 15%, while in India the figure stands at 27%, and is slowly gaining popularity with sectors like healthcare, hospitality, ITeS, BFSI and retail contributing significantly, the survey said.

In China the estimated proportion of employees working in a part time job stands as high as 35 per cent.

“Though part-time jobs were not a favourable career option until sometime back, it is slowly gaining momentum in India now and are fast becoming a win-win situation for the employers and the employees,” Ma Foi Randstad MD and CEO E Balaji said.

Elaborating the reason behind the un-attractiveness of part-time jobs, Ma Foi Randstad said: “…employers have started offering full-time jobs with more flexibility, with focus on productivity rather than work hours, which offers virtues of a part time job”.

The survey added that overall level of confidence in finding another job within the next six months is “stable” across the world, with Indian, Chinese and Mexican employers being most confident about finding another job.

Moreover, India continues to have the highest mobility index (employees expected to be employed elsewhere in the next 6 months) of 142, vis-a-vis a global average of 103.

Besides, personal motivation is high in Mexico and India. While employees in the Nordics (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) were least focused on getting a promotion, the study said “outside Europe the most ambitious employees can be found in Mexico and India”.

The Workmonitor Survey is a quarterly review of ‘mental mobility status’ of employees and covers 29 countries around the world, encompassing Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

21 Sep 2011

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/lifestyle/nearly-halfindians-consider-part-time-jobs-unattractive_588942.html

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