Working in India
Working in India – particularly in Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai – has increasingly become popular as the country has become known as one of the world's leading economies. As the second most populous country in the world, India's market is also one of the largest economies in the world in terms of spending power.
The job market in India
Despite the fact that each year Indian universities produce thousands of qualified graduates, this supply cannot keep pace with the growth in certain sectors of the country's economy. A relative lack of experienced locals means that many companies employ foreign managers. Younger professionals have prospects too, but there is a lot of competition for jobs in India, so getting one isn’t a given.
India is home to one of the world's fastest growing IT industries and the country is now one of the major exporters of software services. Engineering is another rapidly growing sector; as Indian companies look to expand globally they look for foreigners who are willing to start their careers in India and help the business grow elsewhere. Other major employers for expats moving to India are the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals research, manufacturing, aeronautics and consumer electronics industries. Expats with skills and experience in marketing and sales will also find great job opportunities as companies look to tap into the potential of the Indian market.
On the other hand, foreign companies outsource professional jobs to India due to lower labour costs. This has been controversial in some Western countries, but it does mean that numerous international companies have an Indian presence, creating potential opportunities for senior expats.
Work culture in India
Foreigners are generally made to feel welcome in the Indian workplace, but making an effort to adapt to local business culture is important – many companies send their expat employees for cross-cultural training.
Working conditions vary according to the location, the industry and the company. The average work week is 48 hours from Monday to Friday, but expats willing to put in extra hours will earn their colleagues’ respect across the board.
Regardless of the industry they work in, it’s essential that expats have the correct visa for working in India.
Finding a job in India
By far the easiest way of finding a job in India is through one's current employer or personal contacts. This is why networking is so important when it comes to working in India. The majority of expats working in India relocate through an intra-company transfer.
For those without any connection to India, job opportunities can be explored using online job portals. Online resources provide a good overview of the job market and are usually available in English. Companies may also advertise positions on their own websites so it also worth checking individual company sites as well.
Recruitment agencies may also be able to assist expats in their search for employment. However, it is important to ensure that the recruitment agency is reputable. There are many recruiters in India that charge huge sums of money without any results. It's best to go with recommendations from colleagues within the industry and avoid making any payments upfront.