Telcos Hiring Contracts to 30% in FY25; Job Additions in 5G Roles and Expansion Plans

Telcos Hiring Contracts to 30% in FY25; Job Additions in 5G Roles and Expansion Plans

Telcos Hiring Contracts to 30% in FY25; Job Additions in 5G Roles and Expansion Plans

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India’s telecom sector sees a decrease in hiring, focusing on 5G and rural expansion, with a significant workforce demand in the tech sector.

India’s telecom sector is projected to witness a significant contraction in workforce growth, dropping to 30% in FY25. Major players like Reliance Jio and Airtel are wrapping their 5G expansion plans. According to a report citing data from TeamLease and Quess Corp, the sector will employ around 67.9 lakh workers in FY25, marking a notable decrease from the 31% growth in FY24 and 51% in FY23.

The primary reason for this slowdown is the reduced capital expenditure by India’s two largest telecom operators, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, who have largely completed their 5G infrastructure expansions.

However, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Vodafone Idea are expected to add 30,000 jobs as part of their respective expansion and 5G roll-out plans. Airtel and Jio plan to create 50,000 jobs over the next two to three years, particularly focusing on the rural expansion of 5G and network support roles.

President of Workforce Management at Quess Corp, highlighted that the telecom industry remains one of India’s top five employers, encompassing direct and indirect jobs across various segments like cloud, data centers, infrastructure, retail, and technology. However, certain positions continue to be actively recruited, including cell site repair staff, customer relationship executives, field sales executives, fiber repair executives, installation engineers, and retail executives. The average age of workers in field operations and infrastructure roles is between 18-29 years, indicating a predominantly young workforce at 56.8%.

The report also pointed out a significant rise in apprenticeships within telecom companies. Over the past two years, there has been a 37% increase in apprentices, with 22,198 added in FY24, particularly in roles such as assembly line operators, in-store promoters, network engineers, and telecom tower technicians.

Meanwhile, a substantial gap still remains between the demand and supply of skilled workers in the telecom and technology industries. The report notes that India will need an additional 2.2 crore workforce by 2025 to meet the demands of network and hardware-related roles, driven by advancements in 5G, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and robotics.