With the Department of Telecom (DoT) approving applications of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio, and other telecom companies to begin 5G trials in early May, the sector is gearing up for a rise in demand for contractual staff. Over the next two years, telecom contractual workers can look forward to a deluge of opportunities, as per TeamLease. These trials will be on for six months, which includes two months to procure and set up equipment, across both rural and urban areas.
Even amidst the pandemic, the telecom sector has been growing and will continue to do so, feel experts. The launch of 5G will not only give the economy a much-needed push, but also facilitate growth in the labour market.
However, with the unexpected second wave of the pandemic really taking a toll on the population and the economy, there is a bit of uncertainty about how things will pan out. The growth pace has already been slightly affected. But it is anticipated that the effect will be positive in terms jobs in the telecom space, with talent requirement expected to grow 18 per cent, once the pandemic abates and things begin to move in the right direction.
There will be job opportunities for technicians, installation engineers, civil engineers and even project managers.
With remote working catching on owing to the pandemic and ensuing lockdown, the demand for contractual employees in the telecom sector grew. This was because data usage peaks, with service providers to focus on investing in increasing their network capacities. This led to 50 per cent more hiring in the telecom space in 2020. In addition, telecom services were labelled as ‘essential services’ during the lockdown.