I-T hub Bangalore hires highest number of NRIs

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Bangalore, Apr 11: IT-hub Bangalore hires the highest number of NRIs in the country as compared to other cities, according to a study by MyHiringClub, global recruitment service provider.

According to the study, in Jan-Mar 2012, the city hired 29% of NRI professionals when compared to people with more than three years of experience in service, while Delhi/NCR was 27%, Hyderabad 18%, Mumbai 26% and 16 % each in Kolkata and Chennai, as reported by the Times of India.

"Overall hiring activity was not good in the final quarter of the last financial year, but the quantum of NRI hiring has gone up. IT, pharma and healthcare companies prefer to hire candidates with international exposure," says Rajesh Kumar, CEO of MyHiringClub.

The study also reveals that the pharma and healthcare sector saw NRI hiring at 21%, while IT & ITES sector stood at 23%, infrastructure 11% and FMCG 18%.

Atleast 7 out of 10 NRI's, who wish to relocate to India, are asking for employment opportunities in Bangalore, said third party hirers.

"If candidates do not have specific compulsions, based on factors like ageing parents, spouse located elsewhere, bought a home in a different city, children' s school admissions etc, most of them prefer Bangalore," said BS Murthy, CEO, executive search firm LeadershipCapital.

"The job opportunities are the highest here. Also, 60% of NRIs who are looking to return are techies and being in Bangalore gives them an edge," said Ajay Dutt, business head, Aim Plus Staffing.

"Bangalore often becomes the only choice for candidates who have their origins in Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Lucknow etc. It's got great weather, it's neutral, relatively more safe to live and work, and it's cosmopolitan," said Kris Lakshmikanth, CEO, HeadHunters.

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