Hiring is on, say IT majors

Hiring is on, say IT majors

Accenture, MS, Infy BPO, Genpact unveil their plans

Information technology and consultancy were among the sectors hit by last year’s global economic crisis, ripples of which are still being felt by businesses across continents.
Consultant Accenture said it would shore up its staff strength by 8,000 by next year, mainly in the analytics space.

“We are 42,000 right now and we imagine we will be about 50,000 by the end of 2010,” Accenture Chairman & Chief Executive Officer William D Green said on the sidelines of the India Economic Summit here. Infosys BPO, back-office unit of IT firm Infosys Technologies, said that it would hire 1,500-2,000 people by the end of the current fiscal.
“We plan to hire 2,000 people in the next four-five months or by the end of this fiscal. Currently we are 16,000 people in India,” Infosys BPO CEO Amitabh Chaudhry said.
Another BPO company Genpact has already hired 6,000-7,000 so far this year for its global operations.

Microsoft India Chairman & Corporate Vice-President Ravi Venkatesan, however, said that “there will be no significant hiring.” Microsoft has a headcount of 5,300 people in the country and had hired “a few hundreds” last year.  Global banking behemoth Standard Chartered said it plans to hire 3,000 employees in India by the end of 2010.
UK-based Barclays too said it would increase workforce in merchant banking segment across Asia by 10 per cent during 2010.

“We’ve seen very strong performance across Asia for all our business classes...we would expect our workforce to increase across Asia by 10 per cent,” Barclays Chairman & CEO Asia Pacific Robert A Morrice told reporters.
Press Trust of India