India’s second largest IT major Infosys, which hired close to 16,000 freshers in FY21, is planning to hire 15,000 more for the next year.
“For this year 16,000 freshers are joining us. For next year hiring has started and we are looking at 15,000 hires,” said UB Pravin Rao, chief operating officer of Infosys, in an earnings call on October 14.
The company on-boarded 5,500 people, of which 3,000 were freshers and the rest were laterals. The company kick-started fresher on-boarding in the second quarter. At the end of September, total headcount stood at 2.40 lakh and attrition stood at 7.8 percent.
Voluntary attrition stood at 11.7 percent in the June quarter. It was 18.3 percent in the September quarter last year..
In addition, the company has also rolled out salary increments effective January 2021. Promotions that started in the second quarter at the junior level will be expanded to all levels.
Salil Parekh, chief executive officer of Infosys, said in the Q2 earnings call that recognizing the commitment of employees, the company is giving 100 percent variable pay and special incentive for its junior employees in the third quarter.
What its peers have done?
This is in line with what its peers, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Wipro, have done. The companies had suspended wage hikes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Net headcount for the firms dropped by close to 9,000 in the first quarter.
While Infosys’ promotions and salary hikes are responsible for all job bands, Wipro’s promotions are applicable for high performers till Band B3, which account for 80 percent of its workforce. Quantum of promotions and hikes would be in-line with previous years, the firms commented.
In terms of hiring, Wipro on-boarded 12,000 people, 2,000 of them freshers in Q2, and TCS’ hiring stood at 16,000, close to 7,000 being freshers.
Saurabh Govil, chief human resources officer, said Wipro has robust hiring plans for the coming quarter as well.
This comes at the back of growth bouncing back for the IT firms. So far the three IT majors reported better-than-expected results for the quarter ending September.
TCS reported a revenue of $5.24 billion, up 7.2 percent quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q), and Wipro’s revenue grew 3.7 percent (q-o-q) to $1,992.4 million. Infosys posted 6 percent q-o-q growth at $3,312 million.Both TCS and Infosys saw huge deal wins at $8.6 billion and $3.15 billion, respectively for the quarter ending September. Wipro does not share total contract value.