Shift in Skills: Around 60 -70% of IT workforce in India will need re-skilling by 2025: NASSCOM

Chennai: With changing technology and skill sets in demand, there will be a gradual shift of the IT industry towards automation and around 5 to 10% of existing jobs may be automated in the next 10 years. In line with this automation impact, existing skills across job functions will transform and take new shape, predicts NASSCOM on its report titled “Technology Shifts and Workforce Priorities”.

NASSCOM further finds that technology will displace some jobs, while it will also lead to creation of some new jobs – biotech, nanotech, smart technologies to name a few. The report estimates that 60-70% of the existing workforce will need re-skilling in technology, domain, social and thinking.

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Talking about key trends that are the driving the HR domain, Mr. R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM said, “Domain specialization and greater need for soft skills have become the new patterns that we are witnessing throughout the sector. In this new world order, technology and automation have taken the center stage, and companies are deploying them at a rapid pace to enhance productivity.” Chandrashekhar also outlined this trend will bring in a sea change in talent re-structuring and deployment, creating healthy competition and re-skilling opportunities.

With talent pool of 3.7 million, the IT – BPM industry is the largest private sector employer. NASSCOM estimates that India continues to maintain its leadership in the global technology arena; with over 2 lakh net employee additions and 3.5 lakh digitally skilled employees. The skills of future that will be watched out are as followed: innovate, technology, resilient and analytical, the research report mentioned.

The IT – BPM industry is also witnessing a major shift in the working style as work cultures have become more flexible and updated performance evaluation techniques and incentives have increased talent stickiness in companies. Organizations are deploying internal social platforms for enhance their conversations with their employees, bringing in greater transparency in functioning. To keep pace with the new skills requirements, companies in India have started investing heavily on training via e-learning including digital skills and just-in-time training.

NASSCOM showcased the findings of the research report “Technology Shifts and Workforce Priorities” on the sideline of HR Summit 2016 at ITC Grand Chola, in Chennai. The objective of report is to highlight the changes in the ecosystem and how companies and employees need to evolve.

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