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India needs to grow at 8-8.5% to create 90 million jobs by 2030

India needs to create 90 million non-farm jobs between 2023 and 2030 to absorb 60 million new workers who will enter the workforce, says McKinsey report

Chitranjan Kumar | August 26, 2020 | Updated 18:14 IST
India needs to grow at 8-8.5% to create 90 million jobs by 2030
India needs to achieve faster employment growth at 12 million non-farm jobs annually

India's GDP will need to grow 8 to 8.5 per cent annually over the next decade, nearly double the 4.2 per cent growth rate registered in the financial year 2019-20, to create 90 million new non-farm jobs by 2030, according to a McKinsey report.  The report estimated that India needs to create 90 million non-farm jobs between 2023 and 2030 to absorb 60 million new workers who will enter the workforce, and an additional 30 million workers who could move from farm work to more productive non-farm sectors.

"If an additional 55 million women enter the labour force, at least partially correcting historical under-representation, India's job creation imperative would be greater," said the report titled 'India's Turning Point - An economic agenda to spur growth and jobs'.

Between 2023 and 2030, the country needs to achieve faster employment growth at 12 million non-farm jobs annually as against just four million created each year between 2012 and 2018.

In a bid to recover to a high-growth path, India's core sectors, including manufacturing and construction, need to perform better. In the coming decade, manufacturing productivity has the potential to create 11 million new jobs, construction could produce 24 million new opportunities, labour intensive service sectors and knowledge intensive service sectors can create 22 million and 30 million new jobs, respectively.  

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The report estimates that about 30 million farm jobs could move to other sectors by 2030 as part of a high-growth strategy.

To achieve employment and productivity growth of this magnitude, India will need to grasp opportunities presented by global trends such as digitisation and automation, shifting supply chains, urbanisation, rising incomes and demographic shifts, and a greater focus on sustainability, health, and safety.

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"For India, these trends could manifest as three growth boosters that become the hallmarks of the post-pandemic economy. Within these three growth boosters, we find 43 potential business opportunities that could create about $2.5 trillion of economic value in 2030 and support 112 million jobs, or about 30 per cent of the nonfarm workforce in 2030," the McKinsey report said.

As per the report, the country will need to raise its competitiveness in high-potential sectors like electronics and capital goods, chemicals, textiles and apparel, auto and auto components, and pharmaceuticals and medical devices, which contributed to about 56 per cent of global trade in 2018. India's share of exports in these sectors is 1.5 per cent of the global total, while its share of imports is 2.3 per cent.

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