Research Project on "Labour Market Information for Private Sector Security in India"

The Indian Private Security Sector (PSS) has been an integral part of the recent economic success story in India. With a large base of approximately 7 million employees across the country and continued demand coming in from all other sectors/domains, the sector is expected to grow at a far quicker rate than the Indian GDP. The Security environment today is immensely challenging and lends itself to rapid changes in the approach, planning and processes followed by the PSS across all the service segments it operates in. This coupled with other macro-level changes (regulatory and technology changes among others), including increasing implementation of the Private Security Agencies Regulation Act, 2005 (PASARA) by the state licensing authorities, has led to a changes in work content, processes and skill levels in job roles across the sector and highlighted the need for enhanced and organized entry level, refresher training, and skill development programmes offered in the sector.

With a view to further accelerate the growth and modernization of the sector in India, to adopt global best- practices, and to ensure adequate availability of skills to support the growth objectives of the sector, the Security Sector & Skill Development Council (SSSDC) and Empowered Skills Pvt. Ltd with the support of Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) are jointly undertaking a seminal study on the Labour Market Information System (LMIS) for the PSS in India. The LMIS study is being funded by the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) and is the first of its kind to be under taken for the PSS in India

The LMIS project aims to undertake the much needed mapping of demand-supply and skills gap in the PSS, which is a necessity to support the growth objectives of the sector. The study will be a major step towards getting the PSS organized in India and immensely benefit all the stakeholders in the Indian PSS in terms of understanding their working environment, expectations and challenges regarding successful implementation and use of LMIS.

As this study is the first of its kind in India, stakeholder involvement will be imperative. As a part of this study 8 roundtables are being organized across major Indian cities involving all the stakeholders. In addition surveys are being carried out in 12 key cities of India. The primary information gathered will be an integral part of this seminal study.