IT industry maintains its leadership in the Sri Lankan Job market in 2016
24 January 2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka – everjobs.lk, the fastest growing online career portal in Sri Lanka, has recently published a yearly analysis of the national job market with some very revealing insights. Put together in a simple-to-read infographic, everjobs.lk’s new release identifies key trends within the job seekers’ sphere in Sri Lanka and reveals the top industries hiring in 2016.
The report unveils the supremacy of the IT Industry within the Sri Lankan labour market during 2016. Information Technology has been the top hiring industry, top hiring category and one of the most searched for words of the year by online job seekers according to data gathered by monitoring more than 37,000 job opportunities, 200,000 job applications and 290,000 job searches on everjobs.lk.
It comes with no surprise that three of the five most searched for professions by online job seekers lie within the IT industry. Data Entry, general IT and Graphic Designer roles are most sought after, which is equally represented in the most vacancies by job category – in IT and software. This trend was explained by Rushabh Sheth, Managing Director for everjobs Sri Lanka as follows: “Sri Lanka ranked 12th in the world by IBM for business process outsourcing and is home to BPO units of companies such as Google, J. P. Morgan or Microsoft. Needless to say, IT & system engineers are some of the most in-demand talent in the job market and we see this trend continuing in the future.” The only ones beating IT jobs in popularity are positions in the HR space.
Colombo remains the undisputed employment powerhouse in Sri Lanka, providing nearly 60% of all vacancies on everjobs.lk during the past year. The increasing number of jobs in other, more touristic, cities like Kandy and Negombo can be explained by the 14% rise in tourist arrivals in 2016 compared to
2015. While Sri Lanka’s travel and tourism industry employed around 800,000 directly in 2015, the
World Travel and Tourism Council expects this number to rise to 943,000 by 2025*.
Put in a nutshell, the Sri Lankan job market has experienced a further rise in the IT industry as its major employer in 2016, as well as Colombo’s undisputed dominance as a supplier of vacancies.
About everjobs everjobs.com is a career portal currently operating in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Officially launched in March 2015 and led by Regional CEO Gijs Verheijke, everjobs aims to become the leading job portal in fast growing economies finding the right match for both, employers and candidates. The company is backed by Asia Pacific Internet Group (APACIG), a joint venture of Rocket Internet and Ooredoo.
*WTTC – Travel & Tourism: Economic Impact 2015 Sri Lanka Report
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