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Hope for 200,000 sacked IT staff: 50% can be re-skilled and absorbed

New opportunities are emerging in cloud and artificial intelligence, says CIEL HR Services survey

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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A CIEL HR Services survey says 50% of laid-off staff, including freshers with under eight years' experience will be re-skilled and moved to other jobs

With nearly 200,000 jobs expected to be slashed in the IT sector in the next two years, all is not lost as more than 50 per cent of the laid off employees will be re-skilled and transferred to other opportunities, a survey said.

The survey was conducted by CIEL HR Services among mid to senior-level professionals in 50 IT

"The normal attrition is 15-20 per cent, which is not getting replaced and with taking over, more than two lakh (200,000) jobs are likely to be lost in next two years. This may sound depressing, but all is not lost. There are enough opportunities to be leveraged upon," CIEL HR Services CEO Aditya Narayan Mishra told PTI quoting the survey.

Most of the layoffs are taking place in segments like IT infrastructure support, testing and software development, Mishra added.

However, new opportunities are emerging in areas such as computing and artificial intelligence, among others, he added.

"The transition is already taking place. About 50 per cent of the laid off workforce in the industry, including freshers with under eight years of experience, will be re-skilled and transfered to other opportunities," the survey said.

While the remaining 50 per cent might find it difficult, they can find alternate career opportunities in other sectors, including retail and consumer banking, it added. New platforms which are helping IT to create and deploy applications that are faster and simpler are making many jobs redundant.

Automated tools like bots and a range of platforms are also reducing human efforts.

According to the survey, socio-political changes around the world are also putting pressures on governments in the West to review their policies of outsourcing.

Immigration policies are being re-looked, hence in India have to find other ways of generating demand and continuously climbing the value chain, it said.

According to the survey, only 33 per cent of the respondents anticipated factors like and changing government policies resulting in job losses, while 44 per cent said firms will shed weak performers in this process.

Similarly, 44 per cent said the change has come faster than expected. However, 56 per cent believe that the layoffs are being discussed a lot, which is causing panic.

First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 17:04 IST