Reports of violence in India turn away potential expat workers

Published:  30 Apr at 6 PM
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Recent reports of violence and rape in India have damaged the country’s attraction as an expat workplace, with many now heading for Middle East and Asian destinations.

The results from a survey of over 2,000 expat professionals keen to work in India are disturbing, with 72 per cent of those surveyed now setting their sights on the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and several Middle Eastern countries. Only 38 per cent are still willing to accept work in India.

In 2012, India saw a rise in the hiring of expat professionals of 18 per cent, but estimates this year expect to see a decline of around the same proportion. During the first quarter of 2013, the number of applicants fell by 37 per cent over the same period in 2012.

At present, around 39,000 expats work in a number of diverse industries across the sub-continent, with many looking to leave due to the increasing danger of being victims of a violent attack. Other reasons given for a shift in location included a lack of infrastructure, the culture of the Indian workplace and other cultural problems.

According to My Hiring Club’s CEO, Rajesh Kumar, crime and attacks on foreigners are the main reasons for the noticeable drop in applications and the increase in expats leaving the country. India, feels Kumar, will suffer a loss of much-needed expertise as a result of the growing instability in the cities, with the worst affected sectors expected to be IT, hospitality, manufacturing and the automobile industry.
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