A newly and highly digitised world of work is leaving some uncertainties around the future of the workplace and whether indeed employees will be going back to the office themselves. For some recruiters though, this increased digitisation means that applications from more varied countries is on the increase – and with this comes challenges on how to evaluate talent. While there are a huge number of nations and backgrounds to mention, a focus on one of the largest growing labour forces that recruiters need to take into consideration, especially for graduate talent, is India.
In the last 30 years, India has gone from having circa 5 million students studying at university to nearly 40 million. The scale of university enrolment from high school only stands at 25% (many other developing nations reach double this amount) so it is highly expected that India’s labour market will continue to gain a large degree of importance for global recruitment teams going forward. That is, what is currently 40 million students will soon become 80 million, and 8 million graduates a year will become 16 million.
Similar to graduates from a western background, those from India are not only well-educated, but incredibly bright, meaning they have the potential to be a huge asset to your organisation, especially when you take into consideration the tougher time they have had making it through the education system. For western hiring teams looking to India as a source of candidates, there are several considerations needed to fully appreciate their value as a candidate. The primary understanding needed is the institutions of such a large and diverse country. Couple this with the ease of sending an application online and it means the number of qualified applicants for a given role may be quite low, something which causes many to dismiss Indian applicants.
To help overcome these challenges, CASE have been developing an international product, aptly named the India Project, which looks to provide comparisons across Indian University degrees with those of other countries, giving a very simple breakdown of the degree as well as more detailed information around the grading standards. The goal of the India Project is to connect this huge amount of untapped potential with international hiring teams looking for bright young talent, and in its own signature way, making recruitment more contextualised, efficient and data-driven.
To find out more, take a look at Dr. Jan Bergerhoff’s recent webinar, where he recently spoke about CASE’s India Project.
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