Job market eyes GST booster for over 1 lakh immediate openings

Financial Express By PTI June 25, 2017 12:53 PM

The job market is looking forward to a big boost from the new GST regime and expects over one lakh immediate new employment opportunities, including in specialised areas like taxation, accounting and data analysis.

Indian Staffing Federation’s President Rituparna Chakraborty said the GST (Goods and Services Tax) will make procurement and distribution of goods much faster.(Photo: Reuters)

The job market is looking forward to a big boost from the new GST regime and expects over one lakh immediate new employment opportunities, including in specialized areas like taxation, accounting, and data analysis. The historic tax reform, to be rolled out from July 1, is expected to help the formal job sector attain an annualized growth rate of 10-13 percent and fuel demand for professionals in various segments of the economy, experts said. Indian Staffing Federation’s President Rituparna Chakraborty said the GST (Goods and Services Tax) will make procurement and distribution of goods much faster while cash flow is expected to become more predictable and profitability should improve, too. “All these and the transparency of compliance shall make working with unorganized players exponentially less attractive thereby pushing the country towards greater formalization,” she added. “We are expecting an annualized growth to the tune of 10 -13 percent in formal job creation on account of GST,” Chakraborty said. Leading executive search firm GlobalHunt’s MD Sunil Goel said, “On an estimation, it looks like it will create more than one lakh jobs immediately from the first quarter of the implementation date and another 50,000-60,000 jobs will be created for specific activities for GST, going forward.”

Mid- and small-sized companies will prefer to outsource similar activities to the third party account firms, he said. GST is expected to create significant job opportunities as the businesses will need to hire professionals for dedicated GST management, upgradations, and reconciliations. “The new tax system will have a positive impact on ease of doing business, thereby making it conducive for foreign investors and companies. This would help in the better execution of all government initiatives and propel formal job creation,” Monster.com’s APAC and Middle-East MD Sanjay Modi said. Sector-wise, the immediate high-impact segments of GST are expected to be automobiles, logistics, home decor, e-commerce, media and entertainment, cement, IT and ITeS, BFSI, Consumer durables, pharma, and telecom.

LabourNet Services India co-founder and CEO Gayathri Vasudevan also said hiring is expected to see a significant rise across sectors. However, this will become a reality only if the infrastructure and logistical challenges on the path of GST implementation are mitigated in time, she emphasized. “Although GST is set to propel hiring, compliance ambiguities such as place of supply (Intra- or inter-state), for instance, could pose a challenge for industries that could adversely affect job creation in the near future. However, once the transition phase eases out, in the long run, GST will add momentum to the entire hiring landscape,” Vasudevan said.

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