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Govt jobs back in vogue amid downturn: Manpower

Source: PTI
June 10, 2009 18:27 IST
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In these times of economic slowdown, public sector employment seems to have emerged as the flavour of the season for job seekers, as these opportunities offer increased job security and better growth prospects.

"There is a clear shift of focus towards the public sector jobs. Besides, the general election results and the subsequent government formation seem to have boosted the positive sentiments in this segment," staffing services firm Manpower India managing director Naresh Malhan said.

He added that 'the bullishness in this space is likely to stay for the next few months.'

Moreover, the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission -- which has raised the pay packets of government employees almost at par with their private sector counterparts -- has increased the attraction for public sector jobs.

In the wake of the economic downturn, industry experts feel there has been a shift towards public sector employment.

Rising number of pink slips and reduction in salaries and increment in the private sector, have grabbed headlines in recent months, they said, adding, in such a scenario, government jobs are looking pretty attractive.

As per Manpower, job seekers in public administration and education can look forward to the most favourable hiring environment, with a net employment outlook -- a measure of hiring plans by employers -- of 33 per cent.

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