Work in Chennai


Wondering how to proceed to find a job in Chennai? Here is an overview of its economy and labor market.

Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital city of the Tamil Nadu. It is also known to be the biggest South Indian city, thus being a major economic, financial, trade and cultural hub. Despite being one of the country's most densely populated cities after Mumbai and New Delhi, Chennai keeps on attracting foreigners coming from around the globe to benefit from its rich and prosperous economy. Hence, you should manage to find a job there rather easily if you have the required qualifications and skills.

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Chennai ranks among the best tourism destinations in 2015. It has also been nominated as the best Indian city by India Today in 2014 and the best Indian city for quality living in 2015 by BBC thanks to its blend of modernism to traditional looks and values.


Chennai is the 5th most important Indian city with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$ 69 billion in 2014. The city's economy relies on several fields, namely industry, automotive manufacturing, information and communication technology, production of IT materials, as well as finance, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and health care. Tourism also contributes significantly to its economy since many years.

Chennai also hosts many power stations, among which are the Northern Thermal Station, GMR Vasavi Diesel Power Plant, Ennore Thermal Station, Basin Bridge Gas Turbine Power Station, Madras Atomic Power Station and the North Chennai Power Company Limited. You will also find the Madras Stock Exchange, as well as the country's second biggest financial hub.

As regards big multinational firms operating in Chennai, you will find the automotive giants such as Nissan Motors, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ford, Renault, Hyundai, Daimler AG, Ashok Leyland and Caterpillar Inc, ICT companies such as Nokia, IBM, Accenture, Infosys, Amazon, Siemens, Motorola, Dell and Ericsson. It also hosts many shopping malls, namely the Chennai City Center, Express Avenue, Spencer Plaza and The Laurel Mall.

Among the banks operating across Chennai, you have a subsidiary of the World Bank, the Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays, Allianz, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Citibanks, as well as many local banks. Finally, the health care sector consists of several high standard public and private hospitals, namely Apollo, Global Hospitals, Lifeline Hospitals, etc.

Labor market

Chennai's labor market is very open towards foreigners, especially regarding the following fields: information and communication technology, IT and software production, health care. Make sure, however, that you have the right profile before applying for these jobs. You can also try your luck in the fields of finance, engineering, as well as in the automotive industry.

Find a job

If you have friends or contacts in Chennai, word-of-mouth and networking can be a quite useful tool during your job search. You can also register with a recruitment agency to have more chances of landing a job a per your profile and your expectations.

To have an idea regarding types of jobs and wages offered in the city, you can as well browse general and specialized job websites, as well as professional social networks and other virtual platforms. Why not seek further information on expatriate forums? You might as well consider sending spontaneous job applications to major firms operating in Chennai.

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