Demand for jobs in BFSI has spurred beyond pre-pandemic levels: Monster India

Demand for jobs in BFSI has spurred beyond pre-pandemic levels

Bangalore, 21 March 2022: The swift adoption of digital payments and use of ever-evolving technologies such as AI, ML, and blockchain have largely enabled the growth of the Banking and Financial sector in India. Data from the online recruiting platform Monster.com indicates that the Indian BFSI industry has witnessed an optimistic year-on-year growth of 27% in February 2022 as compared to the previous year. This is a promising growth pattern given that the industry reflected a 26% de-growth last year (Feb 2020 vs Feb 2021).

With the increased adoption of digitization and new-age tech, which essentially paved the way for recovery in the industry, recruiters in Banking and Finance industry are on the lookout for professionals adept in technical and analytical skills. The demand for BFSI professionals has seen an uptrend with finance-related roles taking up nearly 8% of total jobs on the platform, as per Monster data. Financial Statements, Credit operations, Analytical skills, Wealth management, Investment banking, Internal Audit, and Cybersecurity are some of the top skills in demand in the industry today.

BFSI trends in the post-pandemic phase, as per data from Monster.com

Banking, Financial Services, Insurance industry Year-on-year growth
Feb 2022 27%
Jan 2022 34%
Dec 2021 35%
Nov 2021 24%
Oct 2021 46%
Sept 2021 31%
Aug 2021 33%
July 2021 22%
June 2021 7%
May 2021 -11%
Apr 2021 -22%
Mar 2021 -26%

 BFSI trends in the initial pandemic phase, as per data from Monster.com

Banking, Financial Services, Insurance industry Year-on-year growth
Feb 2021 -26%
Jan 2021 -28%
Dec 2020 -27%
Nov 2020 -20%
Oct 2020 -30%
Sept 2020 -25%
Aug 2020 -30%
July 2020 -29%
June 2020 -26%
May 2020 -20%
Apr 2020 -13%
Mar 2020 10%

 BFSI trends in the pre-pandemic phase, as per data from Monster.com

Banking, Financial Services, Insurance industry Year-on-year growth
Feb 2020 29%
Jan 2020 24%
Dec 2019 18%
Nov 2019 13%
Oct 2019 6%
Sept 2019 0%
Aug 2019 6%
July 2019 6%
June 2019 19%
May 2019 5%
Apr 2019 2%
Mar 2019 2%
Feb 2019 -2%

When the Covid-19 crisis hit India in March 2020, the BFSI industry witnessed growth of only 10% as compared to the previous month which saw an uptick of 29% (Feb 2022). Hiring intent in the BFSI space saw a continuous dip in the period April 2020-May 2021, owing to the pandemic which disrupted the functioning of industries on a large scale across the globe.

However, the industry bounced back and has exhibited a consistent growth pattern since June 2021 which saw a promising 7% improvement in the intent to hire. This demand continued to grow with July 2021 noting a spike in demand for professionals at 22% year-on-year. The industry is currently witnessing flourishing demand for talent given the emergence of tech transformations in the industry and subsequent recovery from the pandemic impact.

Top Management and Freshers held highest share for Finance & Accounts jobs

As of February 2022, Top Management (over 15 years) held the largest share for BFSI jobs and comprised 32% of the workforce as compared to all other experience levels. The second largest share was interestingly held by Entry level (0-3 years) talent at 23% followed by Intermediate (4-6 years) professionals at 21%, and Mid-Senior level (7-10 years) professionals at 16%. Senior level (11-15 years) accounted for the lowest share comprising only 8% of the workforce.

Top 10 cities with highest annual growth (Feb 2022 vs Feb 2021) for BFSI jobs

The demand for BFSI professionals has surpassed its presence in metro cities and penetrated into Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. Given that the past two years have seen much recruitment happen virtually and work undertaken remotely, the growth for professionals has expanded beyond Tier-1 cities as opposed to pre-pandemic trends.

Location Year-on-year growth
Jaipur 56%
Pune 41%
Mumbai 37%
Bangalore 23%
Delhi-NCR 23%
Chennai 22%
Kolkata 22%
Hyderabad 16%
Coimbatore 14%
Baroda 11%

Given the continuous revival and growth of the BFSI industry in India and the spike in demand for professionals in the field, Monster.com has launched Finrise 3.0, a mega virtual career fair exclusively for Finance & Allied professionals. Monster aims to bridge the talent gap in the BFSI industry connecting the most sought-after recruiters in the Indian financial universe with a pool of highly skilled finance professionals. After the remarkable success of FinRise 2.0 which saw 11,000 participants, 9,000 applications, and over 30 recruitment partners, Monster.com is back with its latest offering for the BFSI sector.

Sekhar Garisa, CEO, Monster.com, a Quess company, said, “The burgeoning demand for skilled talent in the Banking and Finance industry today is clearer than ever, and we expect these numbers to grow further given the vast innovations in the space. Recruiters are on the hunt for talent adept in new age skills and there is no going back for this industry that has efficiently adapted to the challenges posed by the pandemic over the past two years. In light of this bolstering growth, we have launched Finrise 3.0 by Monster, a virtual career fair for Finance professionals, in an effort to connect top financial companies in the country with a pool of talent adept with digital-ready skills.”

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