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India will need 119 million more skilled workers by 2022

Accord ing to the skills gap report commissioned by National Skill Development Corporation, most of the sectors except agriculture will require more skilled workforce in the next seven years.

Among the major sectors, building, construction & real estate would require additional skilled workforce of 31.13 million, followed by retail 17.3 million, transportation and logistics 11.66 million and beauty & well ness 10.09 million. The report found that 7.18 million additional workforce would be required by furniture and furnishing, 6.48 million by tourism, hospitality and travel, 6.14 million by hand looms & handicraft, 3.9 million required by auto & auto components and 900,000 by media & entertainment.

The employment base of agriculture was 24 crore peo ple in 2013. However, the projected number of skilled workforce in the sector by 2022 is pegged at 21.56 crore showing a reduction of 2.48 crore people in the incremental human resource requirement. It was found that the incremental human resource requirement across 24 sectors is nearly 119 million (11 crore 90 lakh) whereby the top 10 sectors including automobile, retail, handloom, leather, etc. account for about 80% of requirements.

“The idea behind the skill gap studies is to understand the sectors in which we are likely to face the biggest gaps. It is imperative for us to plan the skilling of future workforce of India on the basis of these reports,” said minister for skills development & entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

The minister added, “These reports will be used for the implementation of the recently announced Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana; for state skill missions and for various other skill initiatives being planned across the country.” Bridging the skill shortage has been identified as key focus area of the Modi government.

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