India Inc looks to recruit from bigger Haryana talent pool

India Inc looks to recruit from bigger Haryana talent pool

New Delhi: Even as the Haryana government is considering moving the Supreme Court against the Punjab and Haryana High Court order quashing a law that provided 75% reservation in private sector jobs to residents of the state, India Inc is welcoming the HC decision.

This decision will help companies in Haryana to hire from a bigger talent pool and not just limit them to hire local talent, said at least half a dozen executives in companies ranging from auto components, automobile, e-commerce, aviation sectors.

“Our persistent efforts have paid off post numerous discussions with the state government,” Anjali Singh, chairperson of Haryana State Council, CII and executive chairperson, Anand Group told ET.

“It has been declared unconstitutional, rightly so, as it goes against the democratic principles we stand for-the right of every individual to equal opportunity at work,” she said.

The law came into effect early this last year and covered jobs offering a maximum gross monthly salary or wages up to ₹30,000.

“It is a welcome step… it will promote a fair and competitive job market. Companies like ours which need resources with specialised skills will benefit from a talent pool with diverse skills and experiences,” said Puneet Kaura, managing director & CEO, Samtel Avionics.But it could also pose challenges for certain demographic groups to secure employment which can be mitigated by giving them learning and development opportunities, said Kaura.According to Kartik Narayan, CEO Staffing, TeamLease Services the main issue is not regulation, but the scarcity of skilled labor at reasonable costs. “This is feedback from some of the top Fortune 500 companies in Haryana that we spoke to operating in consumer, retail, and manufacturing,” he said.

Despite investing in apprenticeship programmes for local recruitment, they often face a talent shortfall, Narayan said.

Said a senior executive at a large food delivery company, “The removal of such restrictions was much needed at a time when complexity and diversity of role requirements has gone up that much more, not only because of the quarter-on-quarter surge in e-commerce numbers, but also on account of hyper localisation.”

The same executive added that functions such as front-facing delivery crew, back-end services, suppliers, demand forecasters are in top demand and any geographical restrictions hamper talent acquisition.

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