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Everest Group Talent Demand Growth Index | India IT Services | Blog

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Monthly India IT services talent demand tracker

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Here is our in-depth analyses of the India IT services industry demand:

April 2024

After experiencing robust growth of 23% in March 2024, the Indian IT services market saw a slight 3% dip in talent demand in April. However, on a year-on-year basis, the market has grown by 39%.

At the city level, among tier-1 cities, Kolkata experienced the highest growth at 17%, while Pune and Mumbai saw moderate growth of 5% and 3%, respectively. In contrast, Hyderabad and Chennai witnessed declines of 16% and 12%, respectively. Among tier-2 cities, Jaipur and Ahmedabad showed the highest growth at 8% and 7%, respectively, whereas Coimbatore and Thiruvananthapuram both saw a 10% decline.

The hospitality and tourism sector experienced the highest talent demand growth in April, increasing by 16% compared to March, fueled by a surge of tourists during summer breaks. Conversely, healthcare and retail saw declines of 12% and 10%, respectively. On a year-on-year basis, all sectors saw growth in demand, with transportation and logistics, and business and professional services recording the highest increases at 85% and 68%, respectively.

AI/ML and Data science remain highly sought-after skills, propelled by a growing emphasis on technological advancements and the integration of AI expertise.

March 2024

Following a 14% decline in job postings for IT services in February, the industry regained momentum, showing a 23% month-on-month increase in job postings. At a year-on-year level, talent demand grew by 20%.

Some of the most in-demand roles include artificial intelligence engineer, machine learning engineer, virtual reality engineer, and UI/UX architect, showcasing sustained demand in the India IT market for niche roles. Demand growth for specialized roles has been consistently higher than traditional IT roles, especially since the latter half of 2023, driven by the gen AI revolution.

At a city level, all the major cities experienced double-digit growth in March, except Mumbai, where the demand increased by only 3%. Tier-2/3 cities continue to consistently experience higher demand growth than tier-1 cities, pointing to increased leverage of tier-2/3 markets for IT services.

From a sourcing perspective, both service providers and enterprises experienced an increase in demand. Enterprises recorded a solid 29% increase (compared to service provider’s 9%), reflecting the strong inclination and propensity toward insourcing.

All sectors, except transportation and logistics, saw heightened demand for IT talent, with technology, communications, and retail experiencing the most traction.

February 2024

Following robust growth in January, the Indian IT services market experienced a 14% decline in February. Talent demand for IT services this month declined 23% compared to the same period last year and 50% from February 2022.

Most cities saw a decrease in demand except for Thiruvananthapuram. After showing the highest increase in January, Jaipur had the sharpest decline of 25%. Among tier-1 cities, Mumbai saw the steepest drop at 20%.

All sectors, except transportation and logistics and cyclical commodities, witnessed a decrease in talent demand, with retail, hospitality, and tourism showing the most significant declines.

Looking at role rankings, demand for artificial intelligence engineers, machine learning engineers, analytics consultants, and UI/UX architects climbed compared to the previous month, indicating continuing interest in niche roles.

January 2024

The demand for IT services in India surged by 31% month-on-month, following a 25% decline in December 2023. However, demand increased 11% year-on-year.

Roles such as artificial intelligence engineer, machine learning engineer, security engineer, and UI/UX architects experienced significant increases in demand in January 2024 compared to the prior year, primarily driven by the heightened need for niche roles in India.

All major tier-1 and tier-2/3 cities saw an uptick in monthly job postings, with Hyderabad leading with a 40% growth rate. Among tier-2/3 cities, Jaipur experienced the highest demand growth, with a 34% increase in job postings.

Demand for IT services rose across all industry segments. Healthcare and BFSI showed the most strength, with a 40% increase from December 2023.

December 2023

Demand for IT services in India hit a 17-month low due to declining spending and clients postponing projects. As a result, most Indian IT service providers are reexamining revenue and hiring forecasts. The overall demand across service providers decreased by 28% from last month and 11% from the previous year.

Many service providers slowed hiring, realizing they posted jobs too early and hired ahead of the demand. Service providers are now focusing on improving employee utilization rates and do not anticipate the job requirements returning to the original levels anytime soon. Demand for IT services also declined by a notable 20 percent across enterprises from November.

Overall, the second half was slower than the first half, with demand falling by 7% for service providers and 4% for enterprises. Service providers were impacted more as enterprises cut discretionary spending and insourced some work.

At the city level, demand for employees declined consistently across tier 1, 2, and 3 cities. After peaking in November, the workforce requirements in Hyderabad and Chennai fell significantly by 32% this month.

Demand hit its lowest point of the year across all segments. Despite relatively stable employment over the last few months, retail and healthcare had the biggest drop at 35%. While it is uncertain if this is the bottom, a full recovery is not expected in the near future.

November 2023 update

IT services demand in India increased by 9% month-on-month and 5% year-on-year. Demand for IT application data management (ADM) grew 9.5%, and IT infrastructure increased 5 percent compared to the prior month. However, the surge is expected to be temporary because macroeconomic conditions pushed IT project timelines ahead for most companies.

Talent demand increased more in tier 2/3 cities than tier 1 cities, indicating that enterprises are increasingly confident in hiring outside tier 1 cities to gain a labor cost arbitrage advantage.

The number of available positions increased in all tier 1 cities, except Kolkata, where the job postings fell for the second consecutive month. Since the prior month, job openings increased 18% in Hyderabad and 14% in Chennai, representing the highest month-on-month increase.

Among tier 2/3 cities, Jaipur recorded one of the highest month-on-month increases in open positions at 34%. All the other cities experienced increased monthly postings – except for Chandigarh and Thiruvananthapuram.

IT services demand increased across all industry segments, with service providers and manufacturing demonstrating the most strength, up 5% from October.

Demand fluctuates more for service providers than other enterprises. As clients cut back on outsourcing spending, the talent need from service providers is expected to decrease in the coming months.

October 2023 update

The demand for IT services in India declined by 9% from last month but increased by 5% year-on-year, with significant variation over the past few months. Despite the shifts, demand remains near the same level as May 2023, when IT services demand increased after being at its 12-month lowest the prior month.

Tier 2/3 cities continued to be more attractive for companies seeking employees. Hyderabad and Kolkata had the biggest monthly drop in talent demand among tier 1 cities at 15% and 12%, respectively. Employee talent needs remained the most stable in Pune, with only a 5% drop compared to the previous month.

Although demand for most roles declined, help desk engineer, data analyst, and business analyst roles continued to increase by about 5% monthly. Only the retail segment maintained net positive month-on-month growth rates at about 7%. Cyclical commodities and service providers declined the most by 12% and 7% month-on-month.

Over the past few months, India IT talent demand has been volatile across roles, cities, and industries. Talent demand is expected to continue to fluctuate as major Indian IT service providers lose contracts and enterprises explore more insourcing opportunities.

September 2023 update

The demand for IT services in India jumped by 19% on a month-on-month basis after declining for two consecutive months. The year-on-year increase of 22% pointed to a significant uptick in hiring activities this month, rebounding from the slowness over the previous few months.

On a month-to-month basis, demand again surged in tier 2/3 cities compared to tier 1 cities. The increased reliance on tier 2/3 cities suggests a growing client preference for cost-effective IT service delivery locations.

Among tier 1 locations, Hyderabad and Kolkata bounced back the strongest with 36% and 35% growth in demand on a month-on-month basis. All locations in the three top tiers showed increased IT services demand – except for Pune, which dropped slightly.

Every major industry segment, except for banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI), returned with increased demand. Service providers led the chart with a 22% increase in job demand compared to last month. However, BFSI declined 23% from the prior month.

August 2023 update

The demand for IT services declined for two consecutive months after recording a 14-month high in June 2023. Demand fell by 16% month-on-month and 32% on a year-on-year basis. At a segment level, IT ADM and IT infrastructure declined from July.

This trend could be a result of a quick fix by employers to adjust for the hiring surge in the second quarter of 2023. If the pattern continues, employee attrition will rise. However, the demand will likely pick up in the next few months as the end of the year nears.

Tier 1 cities continue to experience a higher decline in demand than tier 2/3 cities on a month-on-month basis, indicating the preference by enterprises to leverage low-cost talent from tier 2/3 cities.

At a city level, Kolkata witnessed the sharpest decline in demand at 47% and had an all-time low in the last 20 months. Among leading tier 2/3 cities, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram showed the least decline in month-on-month demand.

The surge in demand by industry sectors halted, with consumer packaged goods registering the greatest decline since July. Business and professional services also reversed the growth trend.

A slightly higher decline in month-on-month demand across service providers that has continued for several months now clearly indicates increased insourcing by enterprises.

July 2023 update

While the month-on-month view showed a 9% drop in the IT services talent demand trend in India, demand grew 17% over the prior three months and by 32% year-on-year.

Tier 1 cities witnessed a relatively higher decline than tier 2/3 cities month-on-month, showcasing the increased leverage of tier 2/3 Indian cities. This trend is consistent across most tier 1 and tier 2/3 cities. Jaipur and Coimbatore are the only exceptions across tier 2/3 cities, showing 10% and 3% growth, respectively. Among tier 1 cities, Mumbai and Kolkata witnessed the highest decline, while Pune recorded the lowest decline of approximately 2%.

Service providers witnessed the highest decline of all industry verticals for IT services demand over the past year. Business and professional services and consumer packaged goods saw a slight uptick in demand.

June 2023 update

The demand for IT services in India showed further recovery and grew by 15% compared to May 2023. For the first time in the last six months, demand also showed growth on a year-on-year basis (21% growth compared to June 2023). At a segment level, both IT ADM and IT infrastructure segments witnessed 14-month high demand levels in June 2023, with IT infra talent demand growing 40% on a year-on-year basis.

The growth trend, which started in May, is solidifying and was consistent across all cities, though the extent of recovery varied. Chennai saw a modest recovery, whereas Mumbai saw a significant spike in demand. We believe the demand surge in Mumbai may not be entirely due to net new demand but could be due to talent management/attrition challenges arising from the hybrid/in-office model and the need to back-fill resources.

The demand from service providers continues to grow, and we believe there is more focus on hiring laterals this year compared to the previous year, which saw a significant uptick in campus hiring. This increase could also be due to multiple large deals that are at play in the market and providers hiring in anticipation of winning large business in the medium term.

May 2023 update 

The demand for IT services in India showed a recovery in the month of May, growing by 34% compared to the previous month and staying flat compared to 2022. This spike compared to March and April could be attributed to buyers placing demand ahead of the summer in key onshore geographies, which tend to be slower from a business perspective. The increase in demand was consistent across both tier-1 and tier-2/3 cities; however, the recovery was much steeper for tier-1 cities (growing 14% YoY) compared to tier-2/3 cities (shrinking by 20% on a YoY basis). Among the tier-1 cities, all showed an uptick in demand; however, Pune set a demand record of a 17-month high. The service provider segment, while it showed recovery compared to the previous month, on a YoY basis, registered a 7% decline in demand. On similar lines, BFSI and technology & communications verticals continue to show a declining demand trend on a YoY basis. 

April 2023 update

The demand for IT services in India further shrunk by 17% in April, reaching a 16-month low, and declined by 29% on a year-on-year basis. The impact of the anticipated global economic slowdown is clearly visible in the latest demand trends. 

The declining trend is consistent across both tier-1 and tier-2/3 cities. Among tier-1 cities, Chennai, followed by Delhi-NCR, witnessed the highest decline. Tier-2 cities saw an even higher decline on a year-on-year basis at 32%. At this point, the demand for IT services talent in India is almost 50% of the demand in January 2022. However, this trend needs to be observed over a slightly longer period. If this trend continues for a few more months, the already reduced attrition numbers are likely to come down further. 

Being the first month of the new fiscal year for many leading India-heritage service providers, this indicates a not so good start to the year 2023-24, and declining talent demand is deeply correlated to reduced business growth.

March 2023 update

After five consecutive months of demand growth/stability, the demand for IT services in India dropped significantly (21%) in March and by 36% on a year-on-year basis. The declining trend in March was consistent across all tier-1 cities, though Mumbai witnessed the lowest decline among all tier-1 cities. 

The demand in tier-2/3 cities also reduced by 26% on a year-on-year basis. This overall declining trend is expected as Q1 2022 witnessed a significantly higher demand due to attrition and talent wars faced by the industry, and with the current economic environment, most companies are not in an expansion mode.  

Stay tuned for regular monthly updates as we monitor the landscape of the India IT services industry demand market. We’ll continue to provide the latest insights and trends, so you stay well-informed on locations and workforce developments.

Boosting Project Readiness in Technology Talent: A Comprehensive Framework for Developing Project-Ready Workforce | Blog

To combat the technology talent shortage and improve project readiness, technology firms are investing in comprehensive initiatives across the talent management value chain, including learning and development platforms, niche partnerships, and other strategies. Explore how Everest Group’s 3A framework can help firms assess, acquire, and activate project-ready talent at scale. Reach out to speak with us further on this topic.

With rapid technological advancements and an acute specialized talent shortage, IT firms increasingly recognize the importance of developing technology talent internally. As a result, they have accelerated developing comprehensive learning and development (L&D) frameworks backed by robust tech-driven learning solutions to upskill/reskill technology talent. These strategic investments are aimed at ensuring future readiness and resilience to technology disruptions.

However, even after these focused L&D investments, organizations still struggle to build a sustainable pool of project-ready resources. According to the Talent Readiness for Next-generation IT Services PEAK Matrix® Assessment 2023, IT service providers reported the lack of project-ready resources as a critical barrier in building a future-ready workforce.

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Recent excessive hiring by technology firms has resulted in large benches with lower-quality talent unprepared to be deployed in client projects. Firms continuously train their benches on emerging and in-demand technologies while optimizing talent-sourcing strategies to improve project readiness, particularly in the entry-level talent pool. However, they still face several key bottlenecks in enhancing the project-readiness quotient, as illustrated below:

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Solving the project-readiness puzzle: The 3A framework focused on Assess-Acquire-Activate.

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  • Assess – Effectively assessing project readiness is as critical as embedding it in the L&D journey. Most technology firms lack a dedicated project readiness assessment framework. Developing a robust framework to evaluate and identify gaps in workforce project readiness is crucial.

The framework must be holistic and able to evaluate granular-level details specific to a particular role, project, and service line. It must include all skill types, including technical skills, domain expertise, cognitive and interpersonal skills, and related attributes such as proficiency level and experience.

Additionally, it’s critical to move beyond the conventional metrics of gauging project readiness, such as certifications and skill tags to digital readiness quotient.

We have invested in an in-house tool designed for conducting technical assessments of trainees. Customized assessments are created in the tool based on the skill matrix, and trainees are evaluated using these assessments to assess their level of upskilling. The assessments include scenario-based and coding questions to evaluate conceptual and hands-on expertise of candidates.” – Leading IT service provider

  • Acquire – Leading organizations are strategically shifting their focus on developing technology talent at early stages. By adopting a train-hire-deploy talent acquisition model, companies aim to build project-ready pipelines. Here are some initiatives top firms are using to acquire project-ready resources:
    • Forming in-depth alliances with academic institutions to focus on building talent from the ground up through tailored learning content, internships, apprenticeships, dedicated courses, or degree programs targeted at industry-relevant and in-demand skills
    • Creating pre-onboarding programs with learning content and hands-on practice modules in simulated environments to prepare freshers for a streamlined transition and integration
    • Partnering with training firms to acquire specialized talent equipped with niche or next-generation skills

We have an exclusive job program for individuals looking for full-time jobs after high school, thereby making them financially independent. This is a hybrid training program focusing on the overall education and personality grooming of students to make them job-ready.” – Leading Indian IT service provider

We currently have seven master’s programs running across six premier institutes in India to channelize the talent generation in the IT industry. We have handstitched the curriculum interventions and provide internship opportunities to students, which eventually leads to conversion to FTE.” – Leading global system integrator

  • Activate – In addition to traditional learning interventions, firms should promote on-the-job learning opportunities such as peer learning forums, collaboration and knowledge-sharing platforms, and sessions to exchange expertise on niche topics, projects, accounts, and roles.

Further, firms can explore strategic partnerships with specialized technology providers to build and integrate tailored learning exercises into their L&D ecosystem. This may include hands-on projects that mimic real-world scenarios, customized simulated environments, and labs specific to particular use cases or industries.

We partner with multiple providers of advanced-level technology programs who design and deliver training in boot camps as well as virtual instructor-led training (ILT) mode for training in higher order competencies. They also provide cloud labs along with the program, apart from personalized subject matter expert (SME) guidance. In fiscal year 2023, 33% of our deep-skilled learners were deployed in projects where they could use their new skills” – Leading Indian IT service provider

Following are some examples of the partnerships leveraged:

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Future outlook

The sharp decline in the project-readiness quotient of the workforce in recent times and the ever-evolving client expectations have led technology firms to take holistic measures to ensure they have sustainable pipelines of ready-to-deploy talent.

To effectively tackle the issue, firms must continue adopting proactive measures to enhance the project-readiness quotient. These approaches can include comprehensive assessment frameworks, optimized talent sourcing strategies, and establishing a balanced L&D ecosystem.

Firms with robust workforce strategies that strongly emphasize project readiness will   be better positioned to build and sustain scalable project-ready pipelines – giving them a competitive edge in the talent crisis.

To gain further insights into how leading service providers are transforming their workforce strategies to extensively focus on enhancing project readiness and technology talent, contact Arpita Dwivedi [email protected], Amit Anand [email protected], and Abhigyan Kumar [email protected].

Watch the webinar, Locations and Workforce Strategy 2024: Insights, Trends, and Key Priorities, for trends shaping 2024’s workforce and locations strategies.

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