Entrepreneurial ambition highest in Indian workforce compared to world


Ambition to be entrepreneur among the workforce in India is higher than any country in the world.

According to the Randstad Workmonitor new survey, 83 percent of the Indian workforce would like to be an entrepreneur, higher than the global average of 53 percent. Almost 56 per cent of respondents in a survey indicating that they are considering leaving current jobs to start their own business.

“A stable business environment, market oriented reforms like raising of FDI caps, implementation of GST, and key initiatives like Make in India and Digital India are fostering a new aspiring and ambitious Indian,” said Paul Dupuis,  Randstad India MD & CEO.

A robust SME ecosystem driven by aspiring entrepreneurs has historically seen higher growth for the formal sector, and has a knock-off effect on the evolution of other companies in the ecosystem, he added.

The study is conducted online among employees aged 18- 65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job. The workforce in the age group of 45-54 years (37 per cent) are hesitant to start their own business as compared to the workforce in the age group of 25-34 years (72 percent) and 35-44 years (61 percent).

Around 86 percent of the survey respondents indicated that the ecosystem to run a startup was favourable in India and 84 percent said the Indian Government actively supports new startups in the country and provides a favourable entrepreneurial climate.

Regarding workplace preference, MNCs are the most favoured employers for Indian workforce as 84 percent respondents said they prefer to work for a multinational firm.

Around 76 percent of the workforce from India stated that they would like to work for a startup, whereas 69 percent indicated that they would prefer to work for a small or medium enterprise or a privately managed company, the report added.


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