The growth in net addition of employees by Indian IT players has been gradually decelerating as the sector focuses on enhanced efficiency and innovation. “There is a continuing trend of gentle deceleration in net hiring growth rate (but with a growing base) as industry focuses on innovation, new digital technologies and enhanced efficiencies,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT P P Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
He added that companies are re-aligning and re-adjusting themselves to the changing business scenarios and adjusting their workforce accordingly. The growth in total employees stood at 7 per cent in 2014-15, which came down to 6 per cent the following year and was 5 per cent in 2016-017. The net addition stood at 2.17 lakh (2014-15), 2.03 lakh (2015-16) and 1.75 lakh in 2016-17. The total employee base was at 34.85 lakh in 2014-15, which increased to 36.88 lakh in 2015-16 and 38.63 lakh in 2016-17.
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There have been been reports of large-scale layoffs across companies like Tech Mahindra, Wipro and Infosys. The USD 150-billion sector is one of the country’s biggest employers. However, the companies have maintained that there are no mass layoffs and the employees who have been asked to leave are part of the annual weeding-out of non-performers.