New survey of top Indian employers reveals hiring challenges across all levels - 7 in 10 hiring managers call for credible certification pathways

NEW DELHI, INDIA, 23rd July 2015 – An unprecedented multi-sector survey of India’s top 100 employers has revealed unique hiring challenges at every level – entry/middle/senior manager – and demand for more credible certification pathways.

The key challenges for hiring managers across levels - ascertaining ability of entry level candidates (56%); finding (69%) and retaining (61%) middle managers; and finding senior managers (53%) with the right qualifications (61%) – all shared a common solution.

Whilst the ongoing investment in up-skilling young people was seen to be closing the skills gaps for young people (56%), 7 in 10 participants urged investment into both more specialist certifications and more advanced certifications. Instead, almost 6 in 10 hiring managers (58%) are currently forced to make hiring compromises.

Divyalok Sharma, director of client development at Pearson VUE, said: “India is committed to improving the skills and lives of millions of young people. Beyond university and entry-level certifications, there is a greater call for life-long learning and certification so that middle managers in particular can better progress and improve productivity and address talent shortages.”

Across all levels, candidate credibility was a major concern – with 7 in 10 hiring managers believing the majority of candidates make false claims in their resume. Many even believe that candidates may have cheated on a professional exam (58%). But those figures dramatically improved if the candidate had earned their credential through a computer-based test (CBT). Most hiring managers (82 percent) were confident that CBT is more secure and easier to validate.

Mr Sharma added: “Clearly, this hiring and skills crisis will not be solved by more role relevant certification pathways alone. It is also imperative for employers that such training and assessment is seen as rigorous, credible and secure – which computer-based testing has proven to better enable.”

Assessing the right talent and job readiness for India’s Professionals – challenges and opportunities in the India hiring sector is published by Pearson VUE in partnership with independent market research agency IMRB India. The 100 Indian hiring managers surveyed are from a diverse range of sectors including manufacturing, IT, finance, health, construction, professional services, real estate, media and logistics.

Media Contact:
Damien Fletcher
+44 (0)20 7775 6785
damien.fletcher@pearson.com

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