Thousands of employees at IT services companies
with 7-15 years of experience stare at job losses if they fail to up-skill themselves in digital technologies.
Bengaluru-based Kreatio Software looked at 200-odd resumes for positions such as quality analysts, project managers and functional analysts with 5-10 years of experience and found many of these people had stopped coding because they were busy attending meetings and managing team members.
“We are a very small but profitable company. We are doubling our manpower. This includes building middle management and leadership capabilities. We do not have enough people, yet our experience during recruitment was such,” said Krishna Kumar, chief executive officer, Kreatio Software.
He added many small IT companies
echoed similar sentiments on social media. “Besides, there are people I know who have privately expressed similar views,” he added.
Deltaphi, a Mumbai-based software testing services firm, had a similar experience during recruitment of testing hands.
The majority of the over 2,000 members of Nasscom are small and medium IT services firms.
Industry analysts said there had been a surge in the number of resumes of IT professionals with 7-15 years of experience as many large firms were trimming their workforce that had for long been managing large and long-term projects. With a significant technology disruption and automation, projects for these services players are becoming smaller, reducing the need for people managers.
A recent report by McKinsey India said, “The bigger challenge will be to retrain 50-60 per cent of the workforce as there will be a significant shift in technologies.” It added that unless IT professionals re-trained themselves they could become irrelevant.
Kris Lakshmikanth, chairman and managing director, The Head Hunters India, estimated if jobs of 10,000 people were automated in any of the large IT firms, at least 300 people would have been in managerial roles who were in need of re-skilling to be deployed on projects in digital technology.
* Bengaluru-based Kreatio Software looked at 200-odd resumes for positions such as quality analysts, project managers and functional and found many of these people had stopped coding
* Deltaphi, a Mumbai-based software testing services firm, had a similar experience during recruitment
* The majority of the over 2,000 members of Nasscom are small and medium IT services firms
* Industry analysts said there had been a surge in the number of resumes of IT professionals
with seven-15 years of experience as many large firms were trimming their workforce
“On the one hand many mid-level professionals have suddenly become available in the market and on the other they are not the right fit for small software firms. Generally, these people are familiar with working in 500-1,000 people teams and hence it is difficult for them to cope in smaller companies,” said Lakshmikanth.
Kumar of Kreatio said the bloated middle management in large firms was playing roles of coordinators rather than value creators.
Some companies have exposed employees across all levels to technology to help them stay relevant. “I can take anyone from my operations team and tell that person to work with the client. It gives people exposure on how the business is run,” said Sudhir Tiwari, managing director, ThoughtWorks, a technology consultancy firm.