Working in Delhi

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At one point expats working in Delhi were primarily relocated executives and upper management brought in to oversee large companies. While this is still common, it is by no means the only way expats arrive in Delhi.

Job market in Delhi

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Delhi’s economy is incredibly diverse and expats will find positions available in a range of industries. IT and telecommunications are the major employers in Delhi. As Delhi becomes a more affluent city, local consumer appetites are growing and the city's retail industry is flourishing. The majority of expats hired to work in these industries will be of senior management level. Contracts are usually fairly short-term, as the intention is often for the expat staff to train local staff to eventually take over those jobs.

Being the capital of India, Delhi is also home to numerous foreign embassies and diplomats make up a sizeable number of the expat population in the city. There are also various international organisations and regional UN offices based in the city.

Finance and import/export companies may be more inclined to set up shop in Mumbai, while the real IT heavyweights are often diverted to Bengaluru. However, Delhi is respectable to both industries and many more, including manufacturing, media, tourism and general professional level jobs like engineering and designing.

Many expats who travel to India with their families have accompanying spouses who look for employment. Several agencies are available to help such expats find suitable jobs, ranging from teaching and nursing to artistry and retail.

Expats will need a valid visa to working in Delhi, regardless of which country they arrive from.

Finding work in Delhi

The best way of finding a job in Delhi 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 people who relocate to Delhi do so through an intra-company transfer.

For those without any connections in Delhi, 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.


Work culture in Delhi


Expats who are moving to Delhi to take up a job should make the effort to have at least a basic understanding of Indian culture, especially in relation to workplace behaviour.

While company structures are changing as a result of the increasing presence of multinationals, there are still many companies that maintain traditional hierarchical structures. Expats hired to work in top management positions will be expected to give clear instructions to their subordinates rather than expecting people to use their initiative.

Expats will soon learn that gift giving is an important part of creating strong bonds in the workplace. While the gifts need not be too expensive, it is important to consider various religious sensitivities when choosing items. For example, avoid leather products for Hindu colleagues and gifts should not contain alcohol or pork if they are being given to a Muslim.

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