For most of these top Indian IT services companies, the number of women they plan to hire in entry-level roles this year is likely to be one of the highest.
As much as 60% of new employees hired from campuses at HCL this year would be women. Wipro and Infosys are each targeting this to be about half the entry-level recruitments. At
, this is likely to be 38-45% as in the past three years.
HCL, which plans to hire a total of 22,000 people at the entry level this year, is the most ambitious of the lot, as it aims to touch the 50:50 mix in gender diversity in the coming years. “This can happen if we build our talent pool starting from entry level,” chief HR officer Apparao VV said.
All these companies are gradually increasing the hiring numbers of women. In the past two years, 40% of employees hired at the entry level at HCL were women.
The technology industry in India currently has a gender diversity ratio of 33%, a result of significant industry interventions over the years, according to industry body Nasscom.
“As demand for digital talent soars, the industry is further looking at enhancing women participation in the workforce through increased campus hiring, hybrid work models and skilling interventions,” said Sangeeta Gupta, senior vice president, Nasscom.
Infosys has been receiving good response from female candidates at its recruitment drives on campuses. “On average, our entry-level hiring mix is an equal number of men and women. However, we hire on merit,” HR head Richard Lobo said.
“This is in addition to lateral hiring … in response to the robust demand situation,” Lobo said.
Infosys is targeting to have 45% female employees in its total workforce by 2030. For fiscal 2022, it intends to hire and train about 35,000 college graduates.
India’s largest IT services company, TCS, is likely to hire 15,000-18,000 women among 40,000 freshers.
The company currently has 185,000 female associates. “TCS continues to rank among the largest employers of women,” said Ritu Anand, its chief leadership & diversity officer.
Wipro intends to make 30,000 campus hirings this year and expects half of them to be women. Currently, around 35% of employees at Wipro are women.
“The gender diversity among campus hires has been increasing consistently every year,” said Saurabh Govil, Wipro’s chief HR officer.
The pandemic has given rise to more work from home and flexible work models, especially in the tech sector. “As a result, it would be easier for the industry to be able to tap into the talent pool of women that had made an exit,” Nasscom’s Gupta said.