TCS aims to increase campus hiring in US

TCS aims to increase campus hiring in US Mumbai: IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which is confident of beating Nasscom estimate of 12-14 percent industry growth this fiscal, Thursday said it plans to increase campus recruitment in the US.

However, the quantum of hiring is likely to remain the same as that of the past financial year, said the Mumbai-based company, which announced its results yesterday.

"Last fiscal, we had hired 1,600 people in the US of which 100-150 were through campus recruitments. The hiring number for this year will remain similar but we want to increase campus hiring," TCS Executive Vice-President and Head of Global Human Resources Ajoy Mukherjee told reporters during a post-earnings media round-table here.

"In the domestic hiring, the top software company is trying to maintain 60:40 ratio (60% trainees and 40% laterals)," Mukherjee said, adding the future recruitment will depend on the growth of business.

Justifying the drop in in-take target for FY14, which at 45,000 is less than the last fiscal, he attributed this to higher retention rate. "We had the best retention rate in the last 27 quarters at 82 percent. We would like to take it up to 85 percent this year."

Constant engagement with employees, challenging job opportunities and compensation were the main reasons for such a high retention rate, Mukherjee maintained.

He said the wage hike this year will be averaging 7 percent in the country. "So based on performance, they (employees) will see a wage hike of 5-10 percent plus."

Salaries of employees in developing countries will go up by 4-6 percent, while those located in developed nations will see hikes ranging between 2-4 percent, he said.

The wage hike cycle will start this month. TCS has already given offers to 25,000 trainees and they will start joining from Q2 onwards, he said.

Stating that the joining ratio was also up at 74-75 percent in FY13 as against 60-70 percent in FY12, Mukherjee said the ratio in the current fiscal is expected to remain at the last year's level.

Country's largest software exporter TCS yesterday eported a 22.1 percent jump in net profit at Rs 3,596.9 crore for January-March quarter, meeting market expectations.

PTI