Analyzing the Executive Pool in India What Makes the Candidate Pool Unique


'India should walk on her own shadow - we must have our own development model' Abdul Kalam, Ex-President of India
The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) conducted a survey on executives living and working in India, in order to build a current picture of the executives in the region. Interestingly the India survey revealed that 96.4% of the survey participants in were male, and 91.6% of the executives surveyed from India were Indian nationals and not expatriates living and working there.  The answers to both these questions appear disproportionately high, when compared to the results from the BlueSteps survey conducted on China, where 63.5% of respondents were expatriates living and working in China.

Remarkably, when executives from the AESC’s 2012 India survey were asked:

Do you think companies would prefer to use local workers, even if their skills and expertise were not as strong as expatriates, so that they do not have to pay the foreign worker an expatriate compensation package?’

With 38.5% of participants responding with ‘No’, this presents the idea that although India is open to expatriate workers, as much as China, China appears to be a favored location for expatriates to relocate to and work from.

Perhaps the answer is not that China is a more attractive location, but perhaps, China is more accessible to expatriate employees. Interestingly the survey suggests that Indian nationals are far more likely to stay and build a career in the city they were born and grew up in, than to move to another city and work in their adult life. Equally, 23% of participants in the India survey said they had been working for the same company for more than ten years, whereas only 16.3% of executives in China have been working for their current company for over ten years. Overall this seems to suggest a lower turnover rate within India than China. Moreover, this could be indicative of the job market in India, with fewer executive positions opening up at CEO or Boardroom level compared to other markets in the region.

This article was written by Helen Langley of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).

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