India’s second-largest software services exporter Infosys is taking its time-tested talent pyramid model — with a large base of freshers at the bottom — to the US where it plans to hire more than 10,000 people in two years.
Peter Bendor-Samuel, chief executive at Everest Group, however, expects the increased local hiring on-site to impact Infosys’ operating margin.
“I do not think that the hiring of US talent, which is replacing importing Indian talent, will better position Infosys or any other of the Indian firms in their ability to win business,” he said. “In fact the higher cost of this talent will negatively affect margins. We estimate that over time it is likely to cost Infosys up to 3 points of margin.”