In a job market that’s proving to be difficult for a once sought-after skill such as writing code, expertise in niche areas or specialised domains like analytics, mobile apps, cloud and big data, could well turn out to be the answer.
Staffing companies that FE spoke to pointed out that the Indian IT industry, which once hired from multiple streams of engineering, is now steadily veering towards professionals who have skills that would match their future requirements. These emerging technologies have become even more lucrative for tech professionals, commanding premium remunerations, in an otherwise dull job market.
“We see that candidates with a good knowledge of web technologies, analytics, business intelligence, social media technologies are highly sought after due to increasing focus on innovations and opportunities in the mobile and online space,” Randstad India president (staffing) Aditya Narayan Mishra said.
According to a Bangalore-based recruiter, an IT professional with expertise in mobile technologies was recently offered a package of over R1 crore, well above his compensation of Rs 60 lakh, by a leading MNC company.
Indian software-services companies see these emerging technologies as key differentiators to their business and it becomes imperative for them to get the right skill sets. Companies also realise that their future business model will rely less on human resources and more on technologies.
“Hiring in the IT sector is on only in specific domains and skills. Besides analytics and mobile apps, there are traction in areas like SAP and enterprise resource planning. According to our recent surveys, close to 60% of recruiters feel it is difficult to find people with specialised skills. Even in the current market it is tough to hire people with niche expertise,” Naukri.com executive VP and national head (sales) V Suresh said.
The top four Indian IT majors, who together account for a combined workforce of over 650,000, are now focusing on lateral and specialised hiring even while recruiting fresh graduates. Even in routine tasks like application development and maintenance, testing or infrastructure management services, the focus is to look for candidates who have upgraded their skills. Recruiters feel though Java is a commonly used