Earn well to get married!

New Delhi: Has the demand for IT professionals gone down? It seems so, according to a recent survey. As per the survey conducted by a matrimonial search engine, over 50 per cent of women chose finance professionals over software professionals as their preferred life partners.

The survey, conducted among 5,000 respondents in India, was based on parameters like working hours, professional stress, sector culture, field trips, shifting base, etc. The survey also revealed that marketing professionals were the least sought after life partners.

“The dynamics of partner preference have only begun changing post recession in India,” says Savita Dutta, a matchmaker based in north Delhi. She adds, “parents in India lay utmost emphasis on a stable future and, of late, the fascination for IT professionals has reduced in that respect. IT jobs are not as stable anymore, especially at the starting level, and those guys find it the toughest to find partners of their choice. Mid-level managers are still better off.”

Finance professionals were primarily preferred because it’s assumed that they earn handsome packages, courtesy their industry.

“The lifestyle that women need is not something that software professionals are able to provide at times,” says Geetika Kapoor, mother of two and a rookie matchmaker. She says, “My husband is from the IT field and I understand the kind of time constraints people in this field have. The hours are crazy. When I started suggesting matches for people, I noticed that many girls who are software professionals themselves would not want their partners to be from the same field.”

The ‘crazy hours’ was a big concern for women. As per the survey, nearly 80 per cent of the women were willing to work after marriage but 50 per cent of them could call it quits after having a child.

When it came to income, nearly 70 per cent of the women expected their spouses to earn between Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh per month. Almost 20 per cent wanted to marry a man earning more than Rs. 1 lakh per month. Says Sakshi Khurana (59),”While we were looking for a match for our daughter, we wanted someone who could guarantee a stable future for her. Salary of Rs. 30,000- Rs. 50,000 is so common these days. Also, since our daughter was anyway earning almost Rs. 40,000, we wanted someone who would bring home a pay packet of at least Rs. 70,000- Rs. 80,000.”