By Ripun Chhabra:
‘We Indians don’t want to travel in public buses,
We Indians don’t want to go to government hospitals,
We Indians don’t want to go to government schools,
But we Indians want to go for a Government job’
First and the biggest advantage of a government job being the job security. Private sectors are prone to layoffs especially during the time of economic recession. Whereas, in government jobs there is stability and security of not just the present but also the future. The job is yours unless you decide to leave. The job position remains intact. Now the next significant factor would be that of the pay structure. After the introduction of the sixth pay commission, the pay, which a government employee gets, is at par with the corporate sector.
The next factor an employee would scratch his head over is of the number of working hours he / she has to input. In government sector jobs, there are standard working hours, unlike private sector ones, where an individual has to work overtime against ones wishes (many time without any benefits as well). And if at all, the situation demands a government employee to do overtime, then he / she is entitled to attractive overtime benefits. Next comes the benefit and perks a Government employee gets. For government jobs, many benefits such as retirement, pension plans and funds exist moreover benefits such as medical, house, loans, childcare etc. are also available. While some large private sector companies do offer such benefits, majority of them don’t, except for the mandatory ones.
Retirement becomes a factor and in the later part of our career and the retirement age of 60 years and in some cases of 58 years ensures longevity of an individual’s career. Not to forget the post retirement benefits. Government sector jobs are not at all stressful when compared to the jobs in private sector. Talking of work load, government jobs have more than enough time frame to complete the job assigned it in the best manner possible unlike that of private sector jobs. To conclude, the main benefits of working with government organizations is the reputation associated with it on a whole as well as the numerous opportunities coming up in recent times due to stellar growth of Indian Economy.