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    India faces IT worker shortage

    February 18, 2003

    India could be faced with a shortage of a quarter-million IT workers in five years unless there is reform in technical education, warns an IT industry association in the country.

    According to a recent survey by the Nasscom (National Association of Software and Services Companies), the country will require a million tech workers by 2008.

    The group cautions however, this gargantuan requirement cannot met based on the nation’s current intake trends for technical talent.

    "Though India has a large talent pool, with 167,000 engineering students and 1.54 million graduates passing out of India's educational institutions annually, some training gaps remain,” said Kiran Karnik, Nasscom’s president.

    Nasscom said the supply of IT workers should reach only 885,000 in five years time, translating to a shortfall of 235,000 professionals.

    Karnik is calling for action to plug gaps in education, as well as greater cooperation between private and public sectors to offer intensive training on specific skills required by the tech sector.

    “The IT industry, on its part, must provide appropriate training for students through internships,” he said. Students in various technical disciplines must also be exposed to software training, he added

    Other findings from Nasscom’s survey include:

    • The number of Indian IT software and services professionals should hit 650,000 next month, a 24.4 percent spike from last year.

    • Basic salaries for IT workers rose an average of 8 percent rise in 2002, with most companies adopting the variable pay concept in a bid to control costs and link pay to company performance.

    • Hiring of new IT professionals was highest in South India at 44% and lowest in the Eastern region at 6%.

    • The overall median age of Indian software professionals was 26.5 years.

    • 79 percent of professionals in software companies were men, whereas 21 percent were women. However, this ratio is likely to be 65:35 by the year 2005. The ratio is reversed in the IT-enabled services sector where the ratio of males to females is 35:65.

    • 42 percent of the software professionals or knowledge workers possessed over 3 years of working experience.

    • The survey also revealed that 76% of all software professionals had a graduate degree or above.


    this is cos' most of the other countries around the world are employing or taking out indian tech's and bringing them to their countries and we all know that some offers are hard to refuse when put on the table and its a known fact, that indian tech's are the best and that is why america especially employs a hefty number.


      Getting any number of tech workers is no problem for India. Let's just hope the IT jobs are there and the Indian domination of IT worldwide continues. I think we need to try and open up more markets.