An alarming trend has been up and rising in the job market as the number of aspirants are struggling to get their fair share of work. The gravity of the situation can be understood by this simple example – at 8 pm every day, 200 young technicians at pathology giant Thyrocare Technologies begin work at its automated clinical chemistry laboratory at Turbhe in Navi Mumbai.
For the next 12 hours, they operate a range of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, which can process up to 200,000 investigations a night for thyroid, kidney and liver diseases, testing nearly 45,000 samples flown in from 1,300 collection centres in India. What would have taken several days of investigation by at least 1,000 technicians a decade ago is now being done by a workforce a fifth the size in less than a day.
“Many job-seekers are qualified for the job, but not skilled,” says A. Velumani, the company’s CEO, who ensures freshers are given specialised training. The new challenges are exciting and even lighten the manual load, but that’s for a lucky few.
Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and CEO, Peoplestrong, an HR consultancy firm, talks about the rise of a ‘gig economy’- one in which people will work on a skill- and need-based basis, doing two or more jobs in a year. HR consultants anticipate a digital divide in the country where the digital economy will demand very different skills, though some real economy vocations such as plumbing or carpentry will survive.
This article was published on Nagpur Today