Uneven Growth

India has witnessed unprecedented growth in the past decade. Many cities have emerged as the employment hub, but growth is not only uneven but mainly restricted to few cities. Apart from the top 10 cities that are cited as the best cities for job growth and salaries, the scenario is quite dismal in the rest of the country, except a few emerging cities such as Mangalore, Visakhapatnam, Ranchi, Surat, Pondicherry, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Kochi.

So, in order to find the worst cities for salary growth, so that you can strike them out from your list of preferred cities to work in, we have prepared a list of cities in India that are not good for career growth. Apart from the top cities such as Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Gurgaon, Surat, Jaipur, Kolkata, and Lucknow and a few fastest growing cities such as Kochi, Surat, Mangalore, Visakhapatnam, Pondicherry, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Secunderabad, Ranchi, and Vadodara, most of the Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities are extremely disappointing, as far as job growth, salaries and employment opportunities are concerned..

This shows how uneven the growth of India is. There are many political, socioeconomic and geographical reasons for that, but the prime reason is that as far as growth is concerned, it has still not penetrated down a few Tier 1 cities.

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The worst cities for salary growth

Most of the prominent and big Tier 2 cities such as, Faridabad, Patna, Gaya, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Meerut, Agra, Roorkee, Dehradun, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Srinagar, Jammu, Shimla, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar, Jodhpur, Kota, Ajmer, Nagpur, Amravati, Nashik, Aurangabad, Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain, Jabalpur, Raipur, Gwalior, Bhilai, Bhuwaneswar, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Anand, Hubli, Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong, Ernakulam, Trivandrum, Kozhikode, Mysore, Warrangal, Wardha, Bellary, Kurnool, Vellore, Vijayawada, Coimbatore, Madurai, Nellore, Guntur, Kakinada, and Salem, are extremely disappointing in terms of salary growth, career development and job opportunities.

Poor work culture and exploitation in Jobs

These cities are growing at their own pace and there is hardly any work culture or standard corporate practices in place there. Because of lack of corporate culture, most of the companies and industries are run in an old-fashioned way. Most of the people working in these cities are the natives of these cities or come from the nearby areas. Their compulsion is that they cannot leave their families behind to move to bigger cities and the companies in these cities exploit these weaknesses and compulsions of employees. As there is no competition, the employees cannot switch so easily. Therefore, the job and salary growth in these cities is virtually stagnant.


Career experts recommend people working in the cities to move to Tier 1 cities, after getting some relevant experience in their field for better job prospects. People have their own financial obligations, responsibilities, and goals and most of the times they cannot meet it in the cities, where there are little or no opportunities.
Most of the people working in these cities are found to be stagnant in their careers and struggling with their finances. Only the people, who cannot move to Tier 1 cities because of any reason whatsoever remain stuck in these cities, while, most of the ambitious people make a move fast. Needless to say, if you want to rise up the corporate ladder and see some significant career growth, you should not waste your time in these cities in India. Most of the jobs in Tier 1 cities are rewarding and there are ample job opportunities there.