HCL Plans to Hire more People from Tier-2 and Tier-3 Cities

One of India’s largest IT services firm, Noida-based HCL Technologies, intends to hire more people from tier-2 and tier-3 cities. HCL Technologies is known for their hiring strategy, which they adopted nearly five years back where they aim to bring jobs closer to the talent.87% of the Company workforce do not belong to the cities they work in.

To execute this strategy, HCL Technologies has established a campus each in Lucknow, Madurai, Nagpur and Vijayawada. Earlier in February, the company announced its plan to hire 1000 employees each in Vijayawada and Nagpur. HCL employs 6,000 people each in Lucknow and Madurai and about 3,000 people each in Nagpur and Vijayawada.

Apparao V.V., chief HR officer, HCL, in an interview, said that by bringing jobs closer to their cities, people don’t have to travel or leave their families behind. They further added that cost is not the primary driver, and stability is a more significant advantage.

More IT jobs are expected to be opened as HCL had already announced their plans to hire 17,000-20,000 freshers in FY22, taking into account the talent availability and demand environment. Apparao, when asked about the demand environment, said that demand cuts across both traditional and new skills. Digital skills like cybersecurity, the internet of things, cloud computing are in demand along with traditional skills such as Java, .Net, J2EE etc.

Due to the fall of attrition rate from 9.9% in the March quarter to 10.2% in the previous quarter, HCL technologies have taken measures related to competitive pay scales, good bonuses, and upskilling or reskilling employees to retain talent as the demand environment improves. Apparao said that to contain attrition, the IT company has increased their employee engagement and connect programs to enable earlier feedback.

Even when Many IT companies were hesitant to offer salary hikes last year, HCL Technologies gave out increments and perks for their employees with a lag of three months.

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