India’s largest listed developer is aiming to entice thousands of Indian construction workers home from the Middle East in a sign that the country’s acute skills shortages are spreading from the professional to the manual end of the labour market. Financial Times

DLF is looking to recruit a contractor workforce of 20,000 to 25,000 people consisting of Indian skilled and semi-skilled workers, such as carpenters and electricians, from construction companies in Dubai and other parts of the Middle East.

India faces a shortage of experienced professionals in industries ranging from the booming information technology outsourcing sector to the domestic financial sector.

But this is now spreading to manual jobs, particularly in the construction industry, as the country embarks on an unprecedented building boom.