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IT professionals are in demand as India's tech startups are booming

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Bengaluru: As the pandemic crisis has fastened the digital transformation for countries across the globe, it's raining jobs and perks for IT professionals in the country.

The huge capital inflows have enabled large, as well as startup IT firms to launch all-out attempts to acquire a talent pool.

Going by the recent trends in the IT industry though the government must be putting caps on maximum wages to protect employers, startups are making generous, creative offers to attract the talent, while reputed companies are expanding hiring programmes and taking up compensation review.

BharatPe CEO & Co-founder Ashneer Grover has announced hiring of 100 persons to the tech team for the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Dubai between October 17 and November 14.

The company claims to offer market leading salaries and life-changing equity, BMW Superbike, in-vogue gadgets for WFH Life. "Join us now and work from Dubai during the T20 world cup. Join and ride in style," the company announcement reads.

The company is also offering gadgets such as iPad+pencil, Bose headphones, Smart Keyboard folio, Harman Kardon speakers, Green Soul Monster chair, Firefox Typhoon 27.5D bicycle and others.

However, Yashu Ved, a senior techie with a prominent company says, these offers are not a new phenomenon. Joining bonus up to Rs 6 lakh is common in the IT industry. "If a professional gets Rs 6 lakh as retaining bonus, he will have to pay around Rs 1 lakh as tax. If it is given in the form of a bike or gadget, there will be no tax deductions, he adds. "The companies are pursuing the right candidates aggressively," he says.

The demand for technical professionals' has gone skywards in the industry as startups have started paying almost two times higher than what larger companies are offering.Hence, the software professionals who once only focused on large companies are now keen on joining startups.

Subramanyam S, Founder, President and CEO of AscentHR explains that there is huge flow of capital into the IT ecosystem. Since startups want resources on board to show certain efforts towards building concepts and good market strategy, the amount of money being thrown at the startups in terms of salary cost has become stupendous, which is going to hurt the larger industry, he points out.

"The capital inflow is coming which is not going to stop for the next 5 or 10 years, ecosystem for starters is going to be a killer in India. The startups are suddenly throwing higher costs than larger industries are doing. Earlier, people were not joining startups because they were not comfortable and secure. Today, start-up ecosystems have become very attractive for talented people. They pay 1.75 to 2 times what larger industries are paying," Subramanyam notes.

In Covid scenario, the accountability quotient of an individual becomes very important. That suddenly puts an onus on the employer to hire people who are trained, who can independently handle and who are accountable. Suddenly you have a set of persons who are really critical for the organization. That is the challenge. That, coupled with the non -availability of resources for about 2 cycles has hurt cost for the industry, Subramanyam of AscentHR says.


Covid drew up the IT curve in the industry on how processes can be managed even when there is a calamity of not being able to put all workforces together, he adds.

"We are seeing an upward trend in the industry. Secondly, there has not been a great amount of skills that have come out of colleges and universities for the past two years which we call as two cycles. Lack of availability of these two cycles has suddenly pushed the cost of recruitment itself very high and people with 5 years of experience have suddenly become very important," Subramanyam notes.

Tech jobs have seen a steady uptick as the reliance on tech solutions across businesses and extension of the 'remote work' continue. Our India Hiring Tracker revealed that IT was one of the top sectors to drive hiring activity in the previous quarter, says Sashi Kumar, Head of Sales, Indeed India.

Sashi Kumar further states, postings on Indeed, a real time indicator of labour market activity further indicated that demand for tech software jobs grew 19 per cent between July 20 and July 21.

"Other roles in the tech help category such as sap consultant, database administrator, systems administrator, technical support, and support engineer also saw a 5 per cent increase in the same period. We believe the transition of digitization and 'virtual' operations will continue to create strong demand for tech-related jobs across sectors." says Sashi Kumar.

Talent market is comparative right now. On the engineering side and technical side there is tough competition to attract the right candidates, says Rahul Raj, Founder & CEO, Flobiz, a Bengaluru based SMB digitization start up.

"If you are looking at quality engineers, we are already seeing a crunch. Because of the crunch, the expectation is getting higher. They are looking for flexible work, CTC and technology stack. The companies which are going to provide quality work with all this are able to rope in candidates"

"As for the non technical part of it, there is a massive talent pool and there is no crunch. On the engineering side and technical side there is tough competition to attract the talent." Rahul said."

"Employee's well-being is of paramount importance to us and we have had multiple interventions in this regard including facilitating vaccination for them and dependents. We rolled out several intense employee engagement initiatives including career accelerating opportunities, compensation reviews and learning and development interventions. As the demand for digital talent explodes, rising attrition in the industry poses a near-term challenge. We plan to meet this demand by expanding our hiring programme of college graduates for the financial year 2022 to 35,000 globally," Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys elaborated.



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