Google retains the top spot as the most ideal employer for India’s future workforce, per Universum Talent Survey 2020.

This includes the views and career aspirations of over 28,000 students from India’s leading universities. The respondents comprised graduate talent from several fields, namely, business and commerce, engineering and IT, natural sciences, humanities and liberal arts, and education and law students.

Breaking it down into segments of study, the following are the most-coveted employers by business/commerce students:

  1. Google
  2. Apple
  3. Deloitte
  4. Amazon
  5. Microsoft
  6. State Bank of India
  7. EY (Ernst & Young)
  8. KPMG
  9. Infosys
  10. J.P. Morgan

Among engineering/IT students, the following are the top 10 ideal employers:

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft
  3. Amazon
  4. Apple
  5. Facebook
  6. BMW Group
  7. Infosys
  8. L&T
  9. Audi
  10. IBM

Further studying the segment-specific trends, it was found that the graduates cited the following as their most preferred industries:

universum preferred industries

Another interesting datapoint was around the expected salaries of graduates

For business/commerce students, the highest per annum salary expectations were in the sectors of legal services (INR 951,290), FMCGs (907,202), and aerospace & defence (INR 846,727). For engineering/IT students, annual salary expectations were pegged higher at INR 1,065,372 in computer & network security, INR 1,056,342 in computer games, and INR 1,044,062 in Internet content & information sectors. 

Notably, expected annual salaries saw a significant gap between male and female respondents. For example, while male students are looking to earn INR 918,090 in the fashion, accessories and luxury goods sector, for female students this came down to INR 646,517. Similarly, male aspirants for the management & strategy consulting sector are looking in the range of INR 1,140,644 per annum, female talent is only aiming for INR 810,594.

A positive attitude came out on top as the strongest skill exhibited by the students across business/commerce, engineering/IT, and humanities/liberal arts/education. It was only edged to second place for natural sciences students who shared that a sense of responsibility was their top demonstrated skill.  

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