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Capgemini chief says jobs transfers to India at its peak

Navi Mumbai: French technology major Capgemini, which employs half of its global workforce in the country, today said they've hit a peak in terms of transferring jobs from the developed markets to India, which may cap local hiring at last year's pace.

With some of its over 1 lakh employees being unhappy on wage hikes, the company said, "the base salaries" have grown 6 per cent this year and it will prefer to give higher wages to those with the skills for the future rather than have a uniform approach.

"With 1,00,000 people, we have the kind of stature we need in India. We are not looking for more stature here in India," Capgemini chairman & group chief executive Paul Hermelin told reporters at its facility here.

"We've progressively replaced a lot of French, Dutch and Americans with Indians. Even if we are not growing that much, in India we are growing at 20 per cent (in headcount). Today, we've reached the level of Indian sourcing that we need," Hermelin added.

Hermelin said Capgemini is at a "cruising speed" currently, hinting that hiring will not be higher than the last year's level. He, however, was quick to add that India is at the centre of its digital drive and that will involve on- boarding highly skilled fresh talent.

Adding 27,000 people, Capgemini's headcount touched 1,00,000 in the country in 2017, which is half of its global headcount. For 2018, they have plans to hire over 25,000 in the country. Globally it employs 2,03,400 as of March 2018, up 3.9 per cent over y-o-y, Capgemini India told PTI.

Capgemini India's 1 lakh workforce is spread across its 12 offices in Delhi and NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Salem, Kolkata, Trichy and Bhubaneswar.

Amid a lot of employees venting their ire on social media on low wage hikes and terming it as a way of inducing voluntary attrition, Hermelin clarified that the base salary was hiked by 6 per cent for this year.

However, he clarified that they will be selective in offering salary hikes to employees.

"We've moved from just volume that has created room for everybody to value growth. We intend to be a winner in the value race (as a company) and be at our side. We are ready to invest in you (employees) so that you are a winner personally in the value race," Hermelin said.

"If you want a good career progression, move to new skills," he added.

Terming the acquisition of i-Gate as a success that has helped the French major to grow in the US, Hermelin said the changing IT industry landscape is posing some challenges.

He said unlike the traditional IT projects that offer the comfort of time, the new digital projects require quick turnaround that narrow the time to react.

"How do you re-introduce India into that game at high speed, is the challenge," he said.

Hermelin said for Capgemini India is "on-board" in the digital journey and affirmed that they will continue to invest for re-skilling employees.

The company will be looking at new acquisitions here so as to have a better hold over skills and will not look at volume-play, Hermelin said.

At present, digital counts for 42 per cent of its revenue that will keep growing higher over time as businesses undergo a transformation.

Capgemini has decided to focus both on digital as well as the traditional IT piece.

Hermelin, who has been at the helm for over 17 years, said he has started a succession planning process and identified two potential candidates.

Meanwhile, Capgemini India chief operating officer Ashwin Yardi said the company is creating its second innovation centre here in Hyderabad that will be inaugurated by December.

The company already has 12 rpt 12 such centres globally which are focused on increasing the engagement with the startups ecosystem, the academia and other key stakeholders, he said, adding plans are also afoot to take the number to 20.

The upcoming Hyderabad centre will be spread over around 15,000 sqft and will house around 100 employees, he said.

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