India's Hiring Activity Broke All Records in February: Report

India's Hiring Activity Broke All Records in February: Report

India's hiring activity broke all records and touched new heights as recorded by Naukri's JobSpeak index in Feb’22. The Naukri index stood at 3074, surpassing its previous high of 2753, which clocked in Sep’21.  

The re-opening of the Indian ecosystem has reinforced a positive sentiment among employers and jobseekers, as a result of which, the Naukri Index saw an uptick of +31% Y-O-Y in Feb’22 vs Feb’21. 

Key sectors maintained strong momentum in hiring 

As the Indian economy sees a gradual return to normalcy, sustained growth in the hiring activity was observed across all key sectors. Insurance (+74%) clocked the highest growth in hiring activity in Feb’22 when compared with Feb’21 followed by Retail (+64%) that has showcased a sharp uptick since last year.   Interestingly, after a long sluggish period, the Auto Industry finally showed signs of recovery in Feb’22 as it grew by +12% over Feb last year.    

Sectors like IT-Software/Software Services (+41%), Banking/Financial Services (+35%), Pharma (+34%), Hospitality (+41%) and Telecom (+23%) continued to demonstrate strong and consistent growth as concerns around COVID reduced drastically in Feb’22. Medical/Healthcare (+7%) and FMCG (+4%) sectors showed marginal growth in hiring activity when compared with the same period last year. 

Metros continue to observe an upsurge in hiring as emerging cities show promise 

Top metro cities saw a very healthy rise in demand as Kolkata (+56%) recorded the highest Y-O-Y hiring trend which was closely followed by Bengaluru (+49%), Mumbai (+45%), Chennai (+45%), Hyderabad (+43%), Pune (+41%) and Delhi (+30%).  

In non-metro cities, Coimbatore (+57%) recorded the highest Y-O-Y growth beating its past trend followed by Ahmedabad (+32%) and Kochi (+16%). Interestingly, Jaipur (+15%) saw shoots of success, while Vadodara remained flat (-3%) in Feb’22 vs last year.  

Demand for professionals across all experience bands grows by over 25%

The hiring trend across all the experience bands treaded on a positive Y-O-Y growth trajectory in Feb’22 vs Feb’21. When compared with last year, the demand for mid to senior experienced professionals belonging to the 13-16 years category witnessed the highest surge at +35%. The demand for professionals in 8-12 years (+31%), 0-3 years (+30%), 4-7 years (+30%) and above 16 years (+27%) bracket also stayed strong.  

Commenting on the report, Pawan Goyal, Chief Business Officer, said “Clocking 3074, Naukri JobSpeak Index has set a new benchmark for nation's hiring activity indicating a favourable time for white collar job market. With sectors like Auto/Auto Ancillary showing recovery after a long time, and other major organized sectors sustaining growth, one can say that both sentiment and confidence are strong among the jobseekers. ”  


The Naukri JobSpeak is a monthly Index that calculates and records hiring activity based on the job listings on website month on month and year on year. The objective of Naukri JobSpeak is to measure the hiring activity in various industries, cities, and experience levels. The data is compiled from the website wherein jobs posted by clients on are considered. July 2008 is taken as the base with an index value of 1,000 and the subsequent monthly index is compared with the data for July 2008. The report shows hiring trends across industry sectors, geography, and experience level. More than 76,000 clients use, leading to the high reliability of data. The report does not cover gig employment, hyperlocal hiring or campus placement. Data on functional area hiring has been retired due to changes in the nomenclature. Over a long period of time, Naukri JobSpeak could be impacted by factors like internet penetration, Naukri market share, Naukri pricing and job listing drives. 

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