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Indian employees feel must skip jobs to advance career: Study

An overwhelming number of Indian employees feel that they must leave their existing organizations for advancing in their careers, a study said.

"India, as a matter of fact, is ranked the highest at 56 per cent where a majority of the employees feel they have to leave their organisation to advance to a higher job," a Towers Watson's Global Workforce Study, said.

India at 56 per cent is ahead of the US at 43 per cent, UK at 41 per cent, Brazil at 39 per cent, China at 38 per cent and Germany at 37 per cent, the study said.

"The top management in India Inc needs to review the career advancement programmes for their employees if they have to retain talent in what promises to be a prolonged growth phase of the business cycle," Towers Watson India's Managing Director, said.

Towers Watson conducted the global workforce study in India between November 2009 to January 2010. It surveyed employees in the 25-35 years age-group, predominantly male, having less than five years work experience, in mid-management levels of medium-sized organisations with employees between 1,000 and 4,999, a statement issued said.

The survey observed seven principal elements that defined career advancement.These were making more money, acquiring skills to perform better, achieving higher status/recognition, advancing to senior leadership role, acquiring skills to be eligible for other jobs, moving up a well-defined career path and making lateral career moves, it said.

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