This Article is From Jun 30, 2013

Weak rupee to make hiring decisions challenging: experts

Weak rupee to make hiring decisions challenging: experts
New Delhi:

The depreciating value of rupee clubbed with a slowing global economy is making hiring decisions a "challenging" task for many companies, according to experts.

"A falling Rupee makes imports costlier, pushes up the costs of imported raw materials, and increases the external borrowing and repayment cost, to name a few. This trend clubbed with a slowing global economy, makes hiring decisions challenging for companies," said Aditya Narayana Mishra, president of staffing at HR firm Randstad India.

The fall of rupee would result in an increased inflation and, thus, stagnant growth of the economy. And hence, it would affect all industries and the human resource domain would be no exception.

Indian rupee sank to an all-time low of 60.72 on June 26 last week against US dollar, dragged down by a heavy month-end demand for the US currency.

However, it recovered, fuelled by a robust rally in local stocks, to end at 59.38 on Friday.

(Read: Rupee gains most in 9 months to end at 59.38)

"Impact of rupee depreciation on hiring will be more in sectors like manufacturing, power, oil and gas, automotive sectors, electronics, telecommunications," said Sunil Goel, managing director of executive search firm GlobalHunt.

Mr Goel further noted that companies in these sectors may look for manpower retrenchment to cope with the sudden financial crisis due to steep rise in import cost (of machineries, equipments, mobile devices, among others).

Echoing similar sentiments, Yogesh Bansal, founder and CEO of, said, "Rupee depreciation would affect all industries and HR will be no exception. The number of people being hired will be less or the salaries would be kept constant or reduced."

However, the IT industry is likely to gain in the short term because of depreciating rupee and India-based IT companies' revenues and profits will see an upside.

However, it will be interesting to observe any changes to the revenue and hiring guidance of the IT majors for the upcoming quarters, experts said.

Another segment that is going to get severely impacted is hiring of expat talent, as it would be an expensive luxury for Indian companies.

"Organisations may start evaluating the viability of having a large expatriate pool here, since their compensation costs will certainly increase," said Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)'s knowledge adviser Simran Oberoi, adding, local talent which can fit into the roles earlier earmarked for expats, is now available.