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Salaries are expected to grow by 10 percent across industries and career levels as organizations are likely to increase headcount this year says a report.

According to Mercer's 2017 India Total Remuneration Survey, companies are likely to dole out 10 percent salary increase across industries in 2018, consistent with 2016 and 2017.

The survey of 791 organizations across industry sectors found that 55 percent companies intend to hire in the next 12 months, as against 48 percent last year.

"Indian industry continues to project low double-digit increases, driven by a combination of an optimistic economic environment and a scarcity of the right talent," said Shanthi Naresh, India business leader, talent consulting and information solutions, Mercer.

One in two companies are planning to increase headcount, with shared services and Hi-tech leading the pack, similar to what was seen in the past two years, the survey said.

"In the shared services sector, there is an influx of captive organizations across retail, FMCG, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals. Newer roles are emerging in supply chain planning, analytics, demand planning, computer imagery, store design, merchandising etc. With the evolution of the value chain of work and the advent of such transformational roles, companies are looking at increasing headcount," Naresh added.

In terms of attrition, there is a marginal downward trend from last year, where the overall attrition has gone down by 1.8 percent, from 13.3 percent to 11.5 percent.

"From the retention standpoint, R&D and sales professionals across levels, continue to challenge organizations while from a hiring standpoint organizations find it hard to attract engineering and sales professionals," the report noted.

Meanwhile, according to Dilpreet Singh, VP HR & HR Head, IBM India / South Asia India is caught between a widening skill gap and a higher education sector struggling to keep up.

"The emergence of a new set of jobs known as the 'new collar jobs' – jobs that combine technical skills in areas such as cloud, cognitive, security, data science etc. will require a deep knowledge base rooted in higher education," Singh said.

News Source: Money Control