Wipro, India’s third-largest IT services exporter, added just 241 people to its total headcount in FY14 with focus on automating mundane processes and hiring individuals with specific, rather than generic, skills. Saurabh Govil, senior VP – HR, in an interview with Sayan Chakraborty, said that in a fast-changing technology environment, there is a lot of stress on reskilling employees. Excerpts
What will be the hiring pattern at Wipro this year?
Most of the players have said FY15 will be better than FY14. If demand goes up, hiring will also go up, which means attrition will also increase. I feel the activity level will be higher.
There is no change in our hiring plan from last year. We will go to campuses and hire in India and onsite. We will hire experienced people based on business requirements. Our focus is on hiring people with domain knowledge, those from consulting and sales. We were never big on campuses.
The industry is maturing and as you do more transformational work for your customers and go up the value chain, the requirements become different. As we are driving a lot of automation and productivity, jobs at the bottom of the pyramid will get automated. There will be a lot of focus on re-skilling people. It's good for the employees to do higher-end jobs instead of the mundane ones. In terms of hiring, there will be a lot of focus on re-skilling and retraining people as we move forward.
What do you mean by a change in the pyramid structure?
We will need individuals with more specific rather than generic skills. Technology is changing fast. There will be a lot of demand for people with specific skills than just engineers. Earlier, we used to go to campuses in the fifth semester, now we go in the eighth. Clearly, a shift is happening. As far as Wipro is concerned, we have not reached a point to assert that we are changing the classical pyramid structure. But, unlike in the past, when the industry was less automated, there's a lot more automation coming up.
How does Wipro measure productivity?
Productivity means getting better value for the same job. There are four ways of looking at it. First, can I make my rate realisation improve? Because when I do higher value-added work for the customer, he is willing to pay more. Second, how can I become more efficient? Third, I eliminated some sundry jobs