Banks likely to create 8 lakh new jobs in six years

    By IANS,

    Mumbai : Indian public and private banks are expected to create around 800,000 jobs in the next six years, a new study released here said Wednesday.

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    This job creation will be mainly on account of expansion of branch network, addition of new banks and retirement of experienced employees, said the study by Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry (Assocham).

    “If official figures are anything to go by, 26 public sector banks alone are going to hire 50,000 employees during the current fiscal. Besides, 20 private sector banks, regional rural banks and foreign banks put together are going to hire more than 50,000 personnel during 2013-14,” said Assocham Secretary General D.S. Rawat.

    These figures indicate that the hiring in the banking sector in the current fiscal is expected to cross 100,000, said Rawat, quoting from the study “Job generation in Bank.”

    “This trend is likely to continue in the years to come as business volume and growth are going to go up along with entry of new private banks in the sector,” he added.

    Last fiscal (2012-13), public sector banks had hired around 63,000 persons, including India’s largest, State Bank of India (SBI) alone accounting for 20,000 clerical staff and 1,200 officer-level employees.

    Other PSU banks hired 22,000 officers and 20,000 clerical staff, the study noted.

    Expansion of delivery channels by opening new branches also generates demand for human resources and the PSU banks are going to add about 8,000 branches in their existing network during the current fiscal.

    Similarly, private sector banks, regional rural banks and foreign banks shall expand their branch network during the year creating requirement for human capital.

    Moreover, if the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) provides new licences by the end of current fiscal, it would pave the way for entry of new private sector banks in the next financial year, thus creating an additional demand for about 100,000 professionals across various segments.