2015-09-30 09:18:26

Kolkata is west Bengal's capital and one of India's major commercial hubs. International companies and smaller businesses provide jobs options for expats.

Kolkata is the capital of west Bengal. Located on the banks of river Hoogly, Kolkata is one of the biggest cities of India. It is the primary cultural, commercial and educational center of East India. Being India’s third biggest conglomeration, it has served as a top destination for scores of expatriates, with many looking to find a job in Kolkota.

The city has a diverse economy that continues to grow and offer better opportunities to the potential candidates. Several industrial houses, textile units, financial institutions, trading firms and educational institutes have opened their gates to many job seekers. So, if you possess the desired skills and qualifications, then finding work in Kolkata.

Kolkata's economy

As of 2017, estimates indicate that Kolkata’s metropolitan area’s economy ranged between $60 and $150 billion (GDP adjusted for purchasing power parity) making it the third most-productive metropolitan area in India, after Mumbai and Delhi. The city enjoys a strong, diversified economy which encompasses different sectors including manufacturing, trade and commerce, tourism, finance, information and communication technology, real estate etc..

The city is a home to many industrial units operated by large public and private sector corporations. Major sectors include steel, heavy engineering, mining and minerals, pharmaceuticals, food processing, agriculture, electronics and textiles.

A number of national, international and multinational companies have found their business centres in Kolkata. Some of the prominent names that have been contributing to the economy’s growth include Infosys, CMC, Aegis, Aditya Birla Minacs, Moser Baer, ICT Infotech, Wipro, Tata Steel,  Mint and Peerless Group, Stewards & Lloyds of India and Bata India, among others.

Kolkata enjoys one of South Asia’s biggest ports. It also benefits from the export houses that deal in wide variety of products like tea, leather, petroleum, pulses, salt, flour, chemical and pharmaceuticals.

Labour market

Even though it is one of the country’s biggest trade and commercial hubs, the cost of living in Kolkota continues to be very reasonable.

40% of the local workforce are employed in informal labour. The rest are employed by businesses in the primary and secondary sectors. If you have the required skill and qualification, you have good chances of being hired in one of the following fields: engineering, information and communication technology, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, electrical and electronic production, automotive construction or finance.

There are several renowned universities, educational institutions and study centres in the city that help create a well-qualified workforce.

Job-hunting in Kolkota

To find the right type of a job you need to explore all the available sources that could connect you to potential employers. One of the best ways is to get registered with a recruiting agency. These agencies will help you find jobs as per your profile.

Moreover, you can also browse different specialised job sites and social networks to get yourself updated about the different job opportunities and their requirements. Finally, word-of-mouth and strong networking can also help you find right opportunities.

 Useful links:

Times Jobs
Linked In

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