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Why Wipro prefers to hire US freshers

Wipro recruited more than 6,000 fresh graduates globally during the April-June quarter.

, ET Bureau|
Jul 23, 2019, 06.20 AM IST
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BENGALURU: The employee cost of fresh campus recruits in the United States is about the same as IT professionals sent on work visas from India, Wipro said.

They are also faster to deploy and require shorter training time than tech workers from India, said the software services exporter major. The IT services firm is adding more employees locally in the US and Europe, two key global markets, and also deploying them faster in projects.

Wipro recruited more than 6,000 fresh graduates globally during the April-June quarter, with localisation in the US, its biggest market, at 65.4%.

“What we are seeing today is that the landed cost of a person going from India and the fresher we are hiring there is not much different,” Wipro HR head Saurabh Govil told ET, without disclosing the number of people employed in the US. “But, I think programming, coding and communication skills - you will see the quality of people, they are much more application oriented (and) their ability to get deployed is faster.” Companies such as Wipro, Infosys and TCS have long been dependent on sending Indian software engineers to the US on H1B visas.

During the past five years, rising protectionism in the US and partly in the Europe has pushed these companies to hire more locally. A lot of the increased hiring is happening from local universities, and they are subsequently trained.

“We had given a coding test, and from the best of these colleges from India in coding (and saw) there was still a distance to cover,” said Govil. Wipro said it has strong training infrastructure to train employees in emerging technology areas, but faster deployment has been a challenge.

With more customers shifting to digital technology such as cloud computing or artificial intelligence, the IT companies are rushing to bridge the skills gap.

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