Business Standard | Ayan Pramanik | Bengaluru May 17, 2017 |
Infosys, India’s second-largest information technology (IT) services firm, looks to maintain its annual campus hiring plan of 20,000 engineers this year as well. The company is, however, looking at skills in newer areas such as digital and analytics to meet growing demand for these projects from clients. Indian IT firms have been witnessing technology and business shifts in the last few years, with clients increasingly spending on digital, cloud and analytics as against traditional services. It also coincides with work such as maintenance and testing, typically done by freshers increasingly getting automated. These shifts have forced companies such as Infosys to look at skills in emerging areas. “We have extended over 20,000 offers on campus for this year and the number is expected to remain consistent in the coming season,” an Infosys spokeswoman told Business Standard. The Bengaluru-headquartered company will begin its annual campus hiring season from September and the numbers have been consistent over the last four seasons, she added.
The placement season at engineering colleges in India begin in September and the process goes on till February. IT services companies usually recruit freshers from these colleges third and fourth quarters and absorb them in phases. Even though the company continues campus hiring in good numbers, it would look at “differentiated skills” in areas of digital technology and analytics now, given the increased client demand for digital technology-based services. “Hiring at Infosys has always been driven by business, and over the years we have only increased the spread of roles that we offer on campuses. The hiring numbers in India continue to be in the same range as compared to previous years. Having said that, the IT industry is surely witnessing a change in hiring patterns with unconventional, high-value graduates with differential skills likely to be more attractive,” added the Infosys spokeswoman. Industry body Nasscom says the focus of the IT services sector is “shifting from scale to skill”. M K Panduranga Setty, president at the trust of Bengaluru-based RV College of Engineering, says he has not seen any impact on hiring yet and will “wait and watch” what happens in the upcoming placement season. “So far we have not seen any impact in terms of jobs. This year (2016-17) 95 per cent of our students have already got jobs. We have been reading about employment scene. So far, we have not heard anything from any IT companies. For next year, we will have to wait and watch how the IT companies are going to react recent shifts in the industry,” said Setty.
Infosys early this month announced an aggressive plan to hire 10,000 Americans in the US over the next two years. Infosys said it would also add four new technology and innovation hubs across US on cutting-edge technology areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud, and big data. While the company is focusing on automation improve productivity, it believes the IT services industry will create different type of roles for complex and innovation-led works. “The business model is evolving because of the technology. In some parts of the business, we are driving faster adoption of automation and improved productivity. But there are newer areas where we can be people-intensive,” said Pravin Rao, chief operating officer, Infosys. At least two industry analysts, however, do not rule out a slowdown in hiring from engineering colleges and say that more companies will look at a mix of quality talent from institutions such as IITs. – Courtesy