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DXC tech may hire 10,000 hands with digital tech skills in India

DXC Tech joins other global firms to increase its offshore base in India. Meanwhile, a host of US and European product firms are moving their tech development work to India.

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DXC has cut jobs on the traditional tech services roles as it looks to get more people with digital skills.
BENGALURU: DXC Technology plans to hire over 10,000 people in India this year with a strong focus on candidates with digital technology skills, as the company looks to transform faster and remain competitive.

The US-headquartered tech services major, which was founded in 2017 after the merger of CSC and the enterprise business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has 45,000 employees in India, roughly 40% of its 1,30,000 staff employed globally. It lost the slot for the third-largest IT services company to Tata Consultancy Services, which is growing in double digits.

“We continue to hire in India. We will probably hire more than 10,000 in India this year (FY20) with a very strong focus on digital skills,” said Samson David, global head of delivery and operations, DXC.


DXC Technology joins other global firms to increase its offshore base in India as they struggle to find talent in developed markets such as the US. In November last, DXC Technology CEO John Michael Lawrie had said that the inability to bring on employees quickly cost the company nearly $100 million in revenue. “We saw delays in the ramp-up of a few large digital contracts. And while we continue to see strong market demand for our digital solutions, it is taking us longer than expected to bring on resources to support the digital growth,” Lawrie said The company has been looking to ramp up digital talent and build capabilities in emerging technologies since it has been seeing growth challenges.

DXC conducts a digital nativity test in order to get people with relevant skills. It would also hire 1,500 of the 10,000 from the campuses, said David.

As the tech services giant chases growth, India is significantly contributing to overall digital transformations. DXC said now its global leaders operate out of India unlike the period before merger. “Centres of excellence (in emerging tech) for the global markets are powered out of here (India). Lot of the labs are here and get embedded in the global offerings,” said David.
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The company has downsized its workforce ever since the merger in 2017 to achieve faster transition to digital.

DXC has cut jobs on the traditional tech services roles as it looks to get more people with digital skills.

Analysts said the company is primarily focusing on a combination of capability building and cost reduction and in that context hiring in India makes sense.
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