Evidences of Job Search Behaviour, Waiting, Employability Skills, Change and Dissatisfaction of North-East Migrant Worker and Employer’s Reciprocity in Bengaluru

By Reimeingam Marchang

It is evident from the primary data that North-East migrant workers in Bengaluru search job widely through social networks. Job search competition was relatively low owing to the flexibility in entry and exit particularly in private sector. Largely, job waiting period was considerably short because of the flexibility in searching and choosing job. Experienced workers in particular usually sought for a specific job with certain reservation wage. Employers preferred experienced over fresher workers. Most workers do not have a continuous work. Some workers have lowered their job aspiration below their educational qualification while employers have raised the minimum hiring qualification of the workers to be employable in their establishment due to skill shortfall. Communication was the foremost skills required and demanded to consider labour as employable. Migrant workers prominently engaged in retail, hospitality and corporate job. Workers’ average income was modest and earnings vary across the occupations. Workers kept on changing their job through on-the-job search as an attempt to achieve wage growth and job satisfaction. Employers also felt the same. However, most workers desire to stay on their job due to job satisfaction and employer wanted to retain their workers owing to labour productivity. Both workers and employers encountered a widespread work, workplace and organisational problems that were addressed through various mechanisms involving colleague, employers and worker’s voicing dissatisfaction.

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