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Gujarat: Pandemic powers IT boom, hiring resumes in sector

At a time when most industry sectors are grappling with revenue inflows and struggling to cut costs following the Covid-19 pandemic, the Information Technology (IT) and IT-Enabled Services (ITES) sector in Gujarat seems to be less affected. In fact, with the pandemic compelling businesses in manufacturing and services sectors to adopt automation and digitization, hiring in the IT sector has been the least impacted. Industry estimates suggest that Gujarat’s IT sector alone will have a requirement of at least 30,000 persons in the next five months.

“The new normal is here to stay and thus companies across sectors are adopting technology and hybrid working models. This underlines the need for better IT interface, technology enabling platforms as well as putting sound data security systems in place. The phenomenon has given a major boost to IT companies across Gujarat, propelling their growth and thus increasing the need for manpower in the sector,” said Maulik Bhansali, chairman, GESIA.

Gujarat is home to at least 2,700 small, medium and large enterprises in the IT and ITES sector mainly concentrated in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Gandhinagar and Rajkot, among others. With all businesses going virtual and remaining bullish on technology adoption, the demand for professionals in the sector has remained steady. Many of these companies had stopped recruitments temporarily in March and April but have resumed thenceforth.

Sharing recruitment plans of his company, Jaimin Shah, managing director, DevIT Limited, said, “We have already hired some 200 persons after the lockdown i.e. since June and we are looking to hire at least 150-200 people in the days to come.”

Big and small firms have already begun hiring and many are looking to add on to their workforce given the rise in demand for IT enabling platforms besides niche areas such as cloud architects and data scientists.

“We have been hiring since May. For us, fresh recruitment was very much on the cards since we are scaling up operations in India and elsewhere. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a growing demand for cybersecurity requirements from companies, and it has created an opportunity for us to offer our services to more clients,” said Jaydeep Ruparelia, CEO and Co-founder, Infopercept Consulting Pvt Ltd.

“Our current workforce strength is around 70. We expect to near or even cross 100 in the next two quarters. We will be recruiting in India, Sri Lanka, and also Kuwait. Most of the recruitment will be in India,” he further went on to say.

IT adoption opening new avenues

IT adoption and automation has not just been a feature of finance and manufacturing sector but it is widely penetrating into several other sectors including agriculture, healthcare and education, among various others.

With digital learning taking a big leap in times of coronavirus, several companies have forayed into offering edu-tech solutions. With demand going up, the need for more human resources is only natural.

“A number of companies in Gujarat have smelled opportunities and forayed into the digital learning sector, offering a variety of smart learning solutions. In times of the pandemic, the demand is expected to remain bullish and therefore, companies are hiring more people,” said Samir Parikh, founder, NamanHR, a recruitment consultancy firm.

IT industry players also said that even the government is bullish on digitising a slew of processes, further fuelling the need for IT services.

Versatile skill-sets sought for; location no bar

Remote working environment has come as a boon in disguise for recruiters as talent acquisition no more needs to be locally sourced or needs to relocate. However, while the pool has widened, people are eyeing candidates with a versatile skill-set to address their requirements.

Industry players suggest that they are looking to hire candidates with at least three to five years of experience – a bracket in which maximum jobs are likely to open up. “Companies are looking for candidates who are quick learners and have a sound understanding of various domains besides technical skills,” said the director of an Ahmedabad-based IT company.

“Hiring will pick up by the end of this quarter and early next year as well amid heavy dependence of many sectors on IT and ITES. Remote working is turning out to be a boon for companies as they can acquire the best of talent, location no bar. This way, candidates from tier-II and smaller markets will also benefit.” Samir Parikh, founder, NamanHR

“Appraisal cycle has already resumed in IT and ITES sector and by end of current quarter, recruitments will also resume. The government’s support to the sector with policy changes has also fuelled growth in the sector and the recruitments will begin in full swing.” Maulik Bhansali, chairman, GESIA. ToI

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