A recent vacancy post for the position of a peon by the Uttar Pradesh Government received a lot of flak as well as grabbed the attention of the news readers coming as front page news. The reason being the number of applicants had a lot of post graduates and PhD degrees from various streams.
Only a few months back the position of a clerk in ONGC had engineering graduates and MBAs applying for it in hordes. What is the reason behind this craze for government jobs in India even after so many years? Let us try to analyse why private sectors and private concerns still remain a distant second or even third as the choice of jobs for Indian youth.
Private Sector Jobs are Fraught with Uncertainties
A survey conducted by IMRB (Indian Market Research Bureau) among the fresh graduate- engineers and MBAs in the major metros about their dream jobs recently have clearly indicated that the general trend among the masses is still a huge preference for State Government jobs. They said that they would settle for a private job only if they do not get any government job through the recruitment process.
This reversal in the mindset of the young generation is probably because of the volatile scenario in the employment market not only in India, but across the globe. There is no job security as such, an employer can be given a pink slip any day and asked to leave the organization within a day’s notice. On the contrary, government jobs are permanent and much more secured.
The Benefits of Government Jobs Always Score Over Private Jobs
Unlike what the job portals try to project, the pay scale of an entry level government job always scores over private job. For e.g., the entry point salary of a postman or a mail guard at the Department of Post is no less than 15-20,000 per month. The minimum educational qualification is Class XII pass…which is nothing compared to the hardships an engineering student has to bear for four years, and then he gets a pay package of maximum 12-15k at a private firm when he is a fresher.
On top of this, the government jobs all guarantee other benefits like maternity benefits, medical facilities, Provident Fund, Gratuity, etc. Private jobs do not have any such added facilities except at a higher level, and that too not at all firms provide them. Obviously, this leads to a lot of discord and frustration in the minds of the employees
Private Jobs are Extremely Demanding, Target Oriented and Volatile
This is again a vital reason which creates a lot of uncertainties and doubts in the mind of private employees in India. The general impression among the youth of today is that government jobs mean “less work, more pay”. They feel that they have to toil much less and yet their jobs would remain permanent- the pressure of achieving a target in order to keep the profession intact is miniscule compared to an employee in a private sector.
Not All Government Jobs will be ‘Permanent’ any More
This is true to a certain extent, but now the government is thinking about implementing few changes where they are creating contractual roles, based on human resource required for a particular project. So, not all government jobs will be ‘permanent’ any more. However, it is a known fact that that the pressure of working in a private sector is much more than that of a PSU or government.
Jobs in both public and private sectors come with their respective advantages and disadvantages. The job seekers should weigh the pros and cons before taking any major decision and not get swayed by the general trend.