IT firms are hiring fewer people in legacy skills, demand for cloud, data analytics rise

With more organisations moving their services online, software services cos such as Infosys, TCS, HCL Tech, Wipro, Tech Mahindra and others are scouting for more digital transformation deals that need professionals with new-age skills.

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BENGALURU: Technology services providers have hired fewer people with legacy skills during the past 3-4 months due to the business slowdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, even as demand for newer digital skills is rising, analysts said.

Software services exporters have recruited more people with skills in data analytics, data science, cloud computing (AWS) and other emerging technologies, they said.

“Besides marginal demand for C, C++, VLSI design, no other legacy skills have been in demand in the past three months," said Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder and executive vice president of staffing services firm TeamLease.

Demand for traditional skills has been significantly low from both technology as well as non-technology companies, as the pandemic has impacted overall hiring across industry sectors.

As more organisations move their services online, software services companies such as Infosys, TCS, HCL Tech, Wipro, Tech Mahindra and others are scouting for more digital transformation deals that need professionals with new-age skills.

Harshvendra Soin, global chief people officer and head of marketing at Tech Mahindra, said the company expects to see increased demand for future-ready employee adept in digital skills, as organisations leverage new-age technologies to address tactical business challenges.

"At Tech Mahindra, we continue to hire for technical skills as per demand and our focus remains on skill-based hiring, especially in emerging technologies. Currently, we are looking at hiring across digital technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Robotic Process Automation, Blockchain, 5G, Internet of Things, and Cyber Security, among others," he said.

Healthcare and pharma sectors also saw three out 10 employers intending to hire despite higher demand due to the pandemic, according to a TeamLease report.

“People (read organisations) are choosing to consolidate. I am not expecting people to hire in any sector just because they feel like," said Chakraborty, adding that hiring has been limited to niche profiles and roles. Demand for Hadoop developers and data analytics experts continues to be higher in technology and non-technology sectors, she said.

There has also been a shift in trend because of more people working from home.

"More organisations shifting to work from home and a resultant cloud migration reduces the need for legacy skillsets," said Prasadh M S, chief technology officer of specialist staffing firm Xpheno.

Many jobs have been added for emerging technology skills.

While 10,900 roles were created for data science between June and August, 13,500 job roles were created for data analytics.

Demand for AWS or cloud computing skills has grown 6% to 13,200 between June and August, according to Xpheno.

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