India skills report 2016 (ISR 2016), a joint initiative by Wheebox (a global talent assessment company), in association with Confederation of Indian Industry, Linkedin, PeopleStrong HR Services Pvt. Ltd & Association of Indian Universities (AIU), says that Andhra Pradesh ranks number one state in India with largest employability level with 65.2% of employable workforce in the 22-25 years age group, a considerable increase from 31% posted in 2015 report. Vishakapatnam (85.53%) and Guntur (81.07%)are the two cities in Andhra Pradesh which scored highest in employability index. The results are part of Wheebox Employability Skill Test (WEST) that assessed about 5 lakh candidates spread out to 5000 educational campusesacross 29 states and seven union territories (UTs)in the country on various employability parameters including numerical and logical ability, communication skills, and domain knowledge, etc.
Another highlight of Andhra Pradesh in Wheebox study has been gender-wise employability where Andhra Pradesh with 70.26% leading in female employable force &50.33% male employable force. Within the psychometric tests, Andhra Pradesh is leading in English language & computers skills but rank low in numerical & logical reasoning aptitude. A significant decline is noticed with 45.96% candidates looking at internship opportunities in Andhra Pradesh in comparison to 80% seeking it in 2015 survey. Candidates prefer salary in excess of INR 2.6 lakh.
The study forecasts an overall increase of 14.5% in the hiring outlook for 2016.ISR 2016 shows an upward trend in hiring spread across 29 states &seven UTs. The maximum hiring activity can be seen in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamilnadu, Punjab, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, respectively.