Evening digest 66% recruiters expect new jobs to be created in second half of 2015

GN Bureau | August 26, 2015



66 per cent of recruiters expect new jobs to be created in the second half of 2015, a slight dip compared to the 69 per cent in the first half of 2015, the Naukri Hiring Outlook Survey August 2015 has revealed. The half yearly survey which gauges the hiring sentiment across sectors and industries, was conducted among more than 1900 recruiters and consultants. According to the survey 41 per cent of recruiters and consultants see maximum hiring potential in the IT industry in the second half of 2015 which, however, is down from 56 per cent of the respondents making the same prediction in the first half of 2015.

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