Demand from global software product companies
will remain strong. companies
such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and Google are looking at expanding their India employee base further. Similarly, the pace of hiring by start-up companies is also expected to pick up, though this will not be significant in absolute terms.
According to estimates, of every 100 engineers getting hired by the sector, IT services firms absorb nearly 60 per cent. Followed by software product ones at around 15 per cent and GICs (global in-house centres) at 10 per cent.
Large IT services companies such as Cognizant, Infosys, TCS, and Wipro are looking at reducing their headcount, mostly mid and senior levels. Cognizant has already announced it would reduce its employee count by around 12,000 in the next few quarters. Others are yet to speak similarly but sources in the know said the total number of layoffs in IT have touched around 35,000 and is likely to cross 50,000 this year.
“The headcount reduction at companies that we are seeing now is driven more by skill requirement than anything else. But, there is no slowdown in the industry as such — the market has huge demand for engineers with digital skill sets, which exceeds the supply base,” said Supaul Chand, head of digital at TeamLease. “Languages like Python, Angular Java and programmes related to Cloud, artificial intelligence or machine learning are in huge demand.”
• Number of layoffs hit 35,000 in the Indian IT industry
• Hiring of fresh graduates to remain robust next year
• Despite layoffs, huge demand owing to shortage of talent in market