Logistics is one of the most employment-generating sectors in the Covid-19 aftermath: NSDC

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As per an assessment by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis, logistics surfaced as one of the top five employment-generating sectors in India followed by tourism and hospitality, construction, information technology and telecom.

The NSCDC assessment also shows that on the basis of demand, the five most popular job roles that have emerged are courier delivery executive, housekeeping attendant, customer care executive, warehouse associate and machine operator.

The assessment is based on the data collated on Aatmanirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASEEM) portal that was launched earlier in July.

It works as a platform for assessment and hiring of the available skilled workforce and to act as a nexus, filling the gap between demand and supply of workforce.

The assessment shows that between July 15 and August 7, about 64,689 jobs were offered to skilled workers who were either jobless or left without a job because of the economic slowdown and businesses shutting down after the coronavirus outbreak.

The pandemic and the subsequent lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the virus led to job losses across sectors and caused an exodus of migrant workers, from the cities to their homes in the countryside of states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha.

The NSDC is still in the process of collating data on whether the remaining jobs that were offered have been taken up although a little over 6,000 people have already joined work in different sectors.

As per the postings on ASEEM, jobs were offered in over 14 states that include Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Telegana and Jharkhand, shared a person in the know of the details, requesting anonymity.

The Logistics sector had the highest number of openings including services such as courier delivery, warehouse executives and packers.

Jobs in the logistics industry rank high in demand with over 83,736 applicants seeking work in the sector, followed by tourism and hospitality, which attracted 42,310 applicants, telecom (28,088), banking and financial services (8,871) and healthcare (8,273).

These five sectors put together contributed 76.1% of total jobs posted on the ASEEM portal, said the person quoted above.

“Services industry is in demand with courier delivery executive, housekeeping attendant, customer care executive, warehouse associate and food and beverages steward making for the top five job roles. All of these job roles combined makes for 48.7% of total jobs posted in the current scenario,” the person shared.

Among states which recorded the most number of candidates registering for jobs were Uttar Pradesh with 13.7% of the total applications made till July 30, followed by Haryana (7.1%), Tamil Nadu (6.6%), Maharashtra (6.2%) and West Bengal (4.7%)

Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey said the Ministry was using ASEEM to prepare a database of skilled workers, which will offer details of their skills.                  

“Our youth will be able to play an important role in accelerating the development journey of India.To accelerate the self-reliant India and Skill India Mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to connect the youth in the country with new employment opportunities; this portal will surely give impetus to our continuous efforts to bridge the supply and demand.”

~Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

A delegation of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh had met Union ministers last week including Pandey who are part of the Group of Ministers (GOM) on employment and skill development chaired by minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot and strongly urged the Centre to draft schemes to protect existing jobs in sectors such as agriculture and handlooms.

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