Talent Shortage in India's IT Sector*



Case Code : CLHR022
Publication date : 2009
Subject : HROB
Industry : -
Length : 02 Pages
Price : Rs. 100

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Talent shortage, crunch, IT, ITES sector, India, Infosys, Wipro, Campus Contact, quality manpower, graduates and post graduates


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Many domestic and international IT and ITES companies are facing a talent crunch in India due to the lack of quality manpower. Infosys, Wipro, IBM are some of the companies that are facing the problem of talent shortage.


In October 2006, Ram Shriram, a founding board member of Google Inc. said that the company faced a challenge of finding candidates with the right skill sets in India, when compared to other parts of the world. He cited the shortage of web development skills, web design technology professionals, and the need for more talented middle-level managers.

Analysts pointed out that these remarks were a further indication of the impending talent shortage in the Indian IT sector. NASSCOM had estimated that, by 2010, India could face a shortfall of 500,000 IT professionals. It was believed that this could seriously threaten India's position as a leading provider of IT and ITES services.

According to NASSCOM, every year over 3 million people (graduates and post graduates) are added to the workforce in India. Of these, only 25 percent of technical graduates and 10-15 percent of other graduates are considered employable by the growing IT and ITES sectors...

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