India is shining, but attraction towards overseas jobs remains intact, says the survey

India is shining but attraction towards overseas jobs remains intact says the survey pardesi news 1469536248

This may sound contradictory, but it’s true that Indians are still attracted towards the overseas jobs and opportunities, when “India Shining” has quite become a common narrative across the world.

According to a survey conducted by Randstad India, a Dutch multinational human resource consulting firm headquartered in Diemen, Netherlands, 85% of the respondents are willing to move abroad for work, out of which surprisingly 88% are women. In a similar survey conducted by Randstad in 2011, 74% of the respondents had expressed their willingness to move abroad for a job. This shows that India shining has nothing to do with the willingness of youth of India to have a better lifestyle out of India than to work here in an average lifestyle.


According to Mr. Bhaskar Chakravorti, senior associate dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, “There is an evident slowdown in economies across the world, including emerging markets. Even economies such as India that are experiencing a rare burst of growth do not hold a promise that this growth is going to last and lead to exciting new jobs. The alternative is to look elsewhere beyond one's home market with the hope that somehow the grass is going to be greener on the other side”.

The other reason cited is that business is increasingly becoming internationalized and some dynamic opportunities are opening up in new markets outside India. Information technology (IT), too, is making several people more aware of life beyond the boundaries of one's home country.

According to Mr. Moorthy K Uppaluri, CEO, Randstad India, "The perception is that the top of the pyramid wants to come back to India while the base of the pyramid wants to go abroad for work. The value proposition at the base of the pyramid is higher than at the top of the pyramid. There is more value for youngsters because they get exposure, learning and monetary benefits”.

While the report reveals that the better lifestyle, equal opportunity for all, and lower crime are other significant reasons and issues because of which people choose to move out to other nations. Adding on to it, in a globalised world, several believe that some work experience abroad combined with the experience in India might open better opportunities.

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