Matching skill set and relevant work experience of a candidate are the key parameters of temporary jobs for employers rather than the ‘expected salary’ being quoted, says a survey. A survey conducted by Frost and Sullivan for classifieds platform OLX noted that 66 per cent of employers look at skill match more than anything else as the key quality in the potential employee. While skill set match is the most sought-after quality, experience, background-check, referral, and location of the candidate are other key factors employers consider above the expected salary, stated the survey, which was conducted in the first half of 2017 and covered over 4,500 respondents.
Even though half the employers acknowledged that online portals offer a large database of candidates meeting employer’s requirements, hiring agencies and referrals remained the most preferred channels to fill positions. “While they acknowledge availability of a vast pool of potential candidates on the ‘online’ platform, it is their need to frequently and quickly source candidates with verified backgrounds and credentials that urges them to rely on ‘offline’ channels like hiring agencies and referrals for recruiting temporary workers,” said Nandini Kelkar, Research Director, Customer Research Services, Frost and Sullivan. Kelkar further noted that there is a growing talent pool in the online platform as about three-fourths of such job- seekers have regular access to Internet and are aware of online job portals. According to the survey, there is maximum demand for candidates in real estate and IT-BPO industries in metros while in non-metros, there is greater demand in manufacturing and engineering, FMCG, and logistics-warehousing and automobile industries.