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India has become a less popular destination as a potential workplace for expat professionals, following recent cases of attacks on foreigners. A survey by MyHiringClub.com found that expats who were keen to work in the country last year are now looking at other countries such as the Philippines, Gulf/Middle East, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The survey, which questioned over 2,000 respondents, also showed that 38% are still willing to work in India. But overall, the recruitment of expat professionals in the country is expected to drop by up to 20% this year, after seeing a rise of +18% in 2012.
During the first quarter of the year, the hiring of such expats has dropped by -37% on the prior year. India is estimated to employ around 39,000 expats in a number of industries. The survey found that high-profile media reports of rape incidents have shifted the view of workers on the Indian job market.
Expats now worry more about their safety, while many are also concerned about work culture and infrastructure. Information technology, automobile, hospitality and manufacturing are some of the sectors most affected by this development.
“Expats were keen to be part of the Indian workforce to not only gain first-hand experience in a global economy but also be a part of the dynamic India growth story, but now they are suffering from safety fear in India,” said MyHiringClub.com CEO, Rajesh Kumar.
“The crime and continuous attack on foreigners in India is the major reason where expats are not considering India as comfortable and suitable job destination as of now.”