Karnataka tops list of states seeking skilled workforce to resume industrial activities

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Karnataka has topped the list of states seeking skilled workforce to resume industrial activities followed by Maharashtra, Delhi, Telangana and Haryana as India unlocks in varying degrees since June 1 with nearly 65,000 workers being offered jobs via the skills ministry’s recently launched Assem portal.

Data from the AtmaNirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (Aseem) portal of the skills ministry shows 64,689 candidates have been offered jobs in less than a month with highest demand for workers in logistics (44.3% of the posted vacancies), tourism and hospitality (18.1%), telecom (11.9%), construction (6.4%) and IT-ITes (4.6%), suggesting quick revival in these sectors post the lockdown. Of this, 6,281 candidates have joined so far.

As per the data, 2,30,331 requirements were posted on the portal till August 7 by the companies registered on the portal. A total of 1,42,027 candidates have sought for a job through this portal mainly for job roles like field technicians, self-employed tailor, assistant electrician, sewing machine operator and retail sales associate. Since its launch on July 10, 29,66,591 candidates have been registered on the portal.

According to the ministry’s assessment, five most popular job roles in demand are courier delivery executive (20.8% of the total vacancies posted), housekeeping attendant (11.4%), customer care executive (6.7%), warehouse associate (6.6%) and machine operator (6.4%).

Majority of candidates registered on the portal are from Uttar Pradesh (13.7%), Haryana (7.1%), Tamil Nadu (6.6%), Maharashtra (6.2%) and West Bengal (4.7%).

The data, however, varies for migrant workers registered under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan of the government, launched on June 21, to provide jobs and livelihood opportunities to migrant workers during the pandemic.

As per the data on the portal, maximum number of candidates registered under the programme are from Bihar (81.3%), Jharkhand (12.1%), Odisha (4.9%) and Madhya Pradesh (1.6%). Of the 97.8% candidates seeking jobs under the scheme are male while a miniscule 2.2% are female candidates.

Under the scheme which largely caters to unskilled migrant workers, maximum demand is of construction work (16.5%), mason’s helper (7.7%), mason (4.3%), labour (3.9%) and tailor (3.2%).

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