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Three new jobs are created for every one IT job, says expert

Three new jobs are created for every one IT job, says expert

Three new jobs are created for every one IT job, says expert
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By Kanishka Sarkar  Oct 12, 2022 6:18:46 PM IST (Updated)

IT firms have slowed down hiring but the sector continues to be the primary hiring sector for white-collar openings.

As the world started to work from home during the pandemic and digitisation became a pressing priority, IT firms recruited in large numbers but data since the April to June quarter shows the hiring spree has slowed down. However, the tech sector continues to be the primary hiring sector for white-collar openings, a report said.

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According to a report by specialist staffing firm Xpheno, the IT sector collective of services, products and internet-enabled sectors, put out nearly 121,000 jobs in September 2022, as against 165,000 in August 2022, meaning a 27 percent drop in volume on a month-on-month basis.
"With September 2022’s drop in volume, the current FY average drops below 2.8L active jobs per month. This is also the longest slide in active jobs since March 2020," it highlighted.
Meanwhile, the IT sector’s contribution to overall active openings dropped to 58 percent, as against the 80 percent plus range it maintained over the last year, the report titled ‘Active Job Openings Outlook’ points out. In fact, this 58 percent is also the lowest contribution that the tech sector has recorded over the last 2.5 years.
Yet, it must be noted it is still the sector with the most white-collar openings. This is even as active jobs from IT services recorded their lowest count in over 17 months.
All tech cohorts contributed to the drop in active jobs in September 2022, the report said, adding that tech hiring volume and velocity continue to be impacted by global and local market sentiments.
Significantly, the attrition rate at Wipro fell marginally for the second consecutive quarter to 23 percent for the three-month period ended September 2022, the tech giant announced on October 12.
Mayur Taday, Chief Business Officer, TeamLease Services, is of the view that the tech sector not only creates jobs for itself but for others too. According to him, tech/ IT jobs are high-paying jobs with average salaries at entry level being Rs 8-10 lakh per annum.
“Three new jobs are created for every one IT job. The disposable income is high. This surplus amount flows into the economy, thereby driving higher consumption. This further leads to job creation in sectors like banking, retail, telecom, consumer durables, automobile, real estate etc,” he explained to CNBCTV18.com.
Sachin Alug, CEO, NLB Services, also noted the technology sector contributes nearly 9 percent to the national GDP, and accounts for 51 percent of services exports.
“It is also one of the leading employment generators. While there is a drop in the growth rate of demand for tech talent by the technology sector, hiring is still on a positive trajectory indicating nil or no impact yet on overall job creation,” he said.
According to Gartner estimates, IT spending in India is expected to increase to $101.8 billion in 2022 from an estimated $81.89 billion in 2021, indicating the demand for tech talent will continue to stay positive. In fact, the demand for tech talent from the non-tech sector has been growing at almost 15 percent quarter-on-quarter, Alug added.
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