The civil engineering sector has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, and now has more than 100,000 employees, according to government data.
The industry is growing at a faster rate than the number of engineers, which has led to a spike in recruitment and salaries.
It is also growing at an unsustainable rate, with the government’s 2015-16 budget forecasting that the industry would grow by only 1.2 per cent annually until 2024-25.
It has seen a number of challenges in the sector in recent times, including high recruitment and wage levels.
In its 2016-17 fiscal report, the ministry said that in 2015-17, the country had about 2,500 civil engineers.
That figure has since been revised to 1,818, but has remained steady.
This is despite the fact that India had an unemployment rate of 5.1 per cent in the year ended March 2017, and it had an average salary of Rs 1.1 lakh.
The government has also not provided any details about how the sector is performing, but many civil engineers are already feeling the pinch as the industry is struggling with high recruitment, low wages and dwindling supply.
India’s Civil Engineering Sector has grown by more than 2,000 jobs every year since 2014, which is far below the 2.5 million jobs that were projected in the 2015-18 budget.
Photo: The Times Of India.
“Civil engineers are looking for a more stable job.
They are now looking for jobs in the middle class, where they will have better pay,” said Sunil Chavan, managing director of Pune-based consultancy Deka Consulting.
“In the last year or so, the salaries have gone up to Rs 10 lakh and the pay is going up by 10 per cent.
The problem is that the market is shrinking, as the cost of labor is going down.”
India’s domestic engineering industry has witnessed a rise in hiring in recent months. “
We are expecting the average salary to go down to Rs 8 lakh by 2021-22, but the government needs to do something to boost recruitment.”
India’s domestic engineering industry has witnessed a rise in hiring in recent months.
Photo credit: Shailesh Pathania.
In the last five years, the number has doubled, with employment of engineers rising from 3.5 lakh to 8.5 per cent, according the latest estimates by the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
A government official said that the government is aware of the challenges and is looking to address them.
“The government has taken a number for the first time and is making concerted efforts to ensure civil engineers get a fair salary and fair working conditions,” the official said.
“There is no doubt that the domestic engineering sector is undergoing significant change.
We have seen a sharp rise in the number and the pace of the recruitment.”
The government also recently made it mandatory for civil engineers to undergo two-year training before they can apply for employment in civil engineering companies.