French IT service provider Capgemini plans to hire around 30,000 employees in India in 2021, a 25% increase over the previous year. Ashwin Yardi, Managing Director of Capgemini in India, said: “The recruitment reflects our strong forecast for sales growth of 7-9% in 2021.”
Capgemini’s forecast is based on the increase in demand for digital solutions caused by COVID-19 and the company’s optimistic business outlook, reports Mint. He added, “People are going to be a 50:50 mix of freshmen and college students.”
With 125,000 employees, India is the largest talent center for the Parisian company. The company hired almost 24,000 people in India last year. Capgemini employs a total of around 270,000 people.
Yardi said this year’s recruitment will involve new digital skills such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, 5G, cybersecurity, engineering, and research and development. In the December quarter, digital and cloud accounted for 65% of Capgemini’s sales.
The company also plans a major workforce expansion this year to capture large customer orders as business gradually returns to pre-COVID levels.
Infosys previously announced that it would recruit around 24,000 college graduates in the country in the years 2021-22. Infosys hired 15,000 graduates during the current fiscal year. Cognizant Technology Solutions, with more than 200,000 employees in India, plans to hire almost 23,000 people in 2021, a 35% increase from the previous year.
At the same time, Capgemini offers both financial benefits and perks to help reduce wear and tear. In April 2020, at the height of the pandemic, he announced salary increases for all employees. Yardi said: “We are on a payroll cycle from April to March and will continue to do so.”