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Tech skills jobs demand in e commerce and AI remain strong despite covid crisis

Despite the economic setbackIndiais experiencing from the COVID-19 pandemic, business leaders and experts are predicting the Indian economy and recruitment landscape will bounce back in the near future. However, the demand for technology talent with niche skill sets in ecommerce, artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging industries continues to stay strong.

This is according to RGF International Recruitment's latestSalary Watch-Indiareport, which aims to better understand salary trends across all industries and job levels inIndiabased on targeted research of more than 207,000 candidates.

In terms of salary data for jobs in the technology industry, Cyber security Directors at global MNCs are able to command up to INR 90,00,000 per year. Meanwhile, AI and Data Science Architects and Mobile Development Architects can earn up to INR1,00,00,000 and INR 70,00,000 respectively.

As ecommerce has gained popularity acrossIndia, the need for qualified talent to support these on demand services, websites and applications is on the rise. Ecommerce directors at a global MNC command up to INR 3,50,00,000 per year, while Digitalization and CRM Managers can earn up to INR 60,00,000 and INR 40,00,000 per year respectively.

Paving the way for future growth,India'ssmart manufacturing sector also has a strong demand for qualified talent, including highly-experienced Production Directors and who can command up to INR 1,00,00,000 per year at an MNC, while R&D Managers and Quality Management Supervisors at similar firms with comparatively fewer years of experience can earn up to INR 24,00,000 and INR 25,00,000 respectively.

"The COVID-19 outbreak has certainly impacted the Indian economy with hiring freezes, salary cuts and layoffs in some of the more affected sectors. However, the sheer size and diversity of the Indian job market should allow it to make a swift and strong recovery from this dip. Technology-driven industries remain relatively unaffected as the demand for digital services in AI, big data, cyber security, and ecommerce continues to rise amidst the global pandemic," saidSanjay R. Shastry, Managing Director, RGF Executive Search India.

"In volatile times like this, businesses need strong leaders who have the agility and prudence to quickly pivot their business strategy and work towards making organisations crisis-ready. Recruiters looking to hire at this time must seek out candidates with the necessary leadership skills and forward-thinking perspective to drive business growth, both during and after the pandemic," saidSachin Kulshrestha, Managing Director, RGF Professional Recruitment India.

A global leader in IT services,Indiahas seen a widening skill gap in recent years as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and other advanced software rises to prominence. The World Economic Forumforcastedthat half ofIndia'sworkforce will need reskilling by 2022. Although fresh graduates can help to plug some of this gap, there is an urgent need for businesses to enhance training and development exercises to ensure that their workforce's skills remain sharp and relevant.

RGF also found that 38 percent of professionals inIndiaacross all industries expect a salary increase when they change employers. Additionally, job candidates inIndiaare also motivated by career advancement and development opportunities, with 68 percent saying they would be interested in joining or staying at a company that allows them to expand their knowledge and skills, with another 65 percent factor in the title and responsibilities of the role.