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IT layoffs: Techies needn't worry, other sectors have jobs for them

Nasscom chief says technology has created enough employment for them outside the IT sector

Gireesh Babu 

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This article first appearedon Business Standard on July 22, 2017

Nasscom, the apex body of information technology (IT) in India, has said while per capita employment in the IT sector is declining, the employment opportunity outside the sector is increasing.

The body plans to research on the impact of technology in other areas, said President

Due to automation and other technology, per capita employment is gradually declining in the IT sector, and also in absolute terms the total quantum of employment in the sector is down from its peak of 240,000 people on a net basis to 130,000-150,000, said Chandrasekhar.

The president was speaking at a panel discussion on trends in the IT organised by the Southern India Chamber of Commerce and (SICCI) in Chennai.

"It looks like the employment opportunities have shrunk. However, the employment opportunity outside of the sector has gained importance because technology has become more pervasive. We are looking at researching the impact of technology in other areas," he said.

"is believed to have created almost 400,000 jobs. Though it is not part of the technology sector, it is a product of the technology application in e-commerce," he added.

Increasingly, opportunities for technically skilled personnel is spreading across sectors, where a combination of technology skills, domain knowledge and soft skills is needed.

The nature and combination of skills have become more important than a unidimensional skill. This is because the value today has shifted to the junction point between technology and domain or the point between domains.

"The good news is, even if you are not a techie, the technology is creating a space for you somewhere else," he said.

The customer budget on technology was increasing and the was also growing. The domestic industry, growing at 11-12 per cent, showed new opportunities. The domestic business was expected to gradually grow faster, Chandrasekhar added.

First Published: Sun, July 23 2017. 15:40 IST