High attrition asphyxiates IT sector

By agencies   |   Thursday, 23 June 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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HYDERABAD: Notwithstanding the growth projections by various industry bodies including Nasscom, the Indian IT and BPO sector is struggling to come to terms with paucity of professionals for the industry needs. The high attrition rate and lack of middle level professionals are serious areas of concern for the industry, according to experts.

There has been a shortage of middle level professionals in the IT industry for quite some time now. Currently, the industry is moving up on the value chain.

It is moving from traditional segments such as application software to specialties like systems integration. The shortage of qualified hands could be a result of this among others, a senior industry official said.

The paucity is more in case of middle level professionals who currently constitute anything between 10 to 15 per cent, Desai added. Similarly, the BPOs, now being seen as the growth engines of the sector, are suffocated by high attrition and inferior language skills.

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