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India is the largest contributor to the world IT resource pool accounting for approximately 55% of the 146 billion US Market. The sheer number is staggering and the reach of the IT& ITES industry is vast in India. The growing need for skilled resources is an ever widening gap in India. Business needs to keep up with the changing landscape and in parallel ensure that its resources are optimally skilled to keep pace with the change. 90% of CEOs in India face the problem of skilling a diverse distributed workforce in the shortest time.
NASSCOM the premier Trade Body and Chamber of Commerce for the IT-ITeS industry has launched a new initiative to scale quality capacity and increase the groundswell of talent for this industry.
NASSCOM has set up the IT-ITES Sector Skills Council NASSCOM (SSC NASSCOM) under the aegis of the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC). SSC NASSCOM an integral part of NASSCOM is recognised as the Skills Standards setting body under GOI.
The key objective of SSC NASSCOM is to scale quality capacity, to have a ready deployable talent pool (certified Job Ready) with the least amount of intervention from industry. To start with, our focus will be on jobs at the Entry level.
The global sourcing market in India continues to grow at a higher pace compared to the IT-BPM industry. India is the leading sourcing destination across the world, accounting for approximately 55 per cent market share of the US$ 185-190 billion global services sourcing business in 2017-18. Indian IT & ITeS companies have set up over 1,000 global delivery centres in about 80 countries across the world. India has become the digital capabilities hub of the world with around 75 per cent of global digital talent present in the country.
India’s IT & ITeS industry grew to US$ 181 billion in 2018-19. Exports from the industry increased to US$ 137 billion in FY19 while domestic revenues (including hardware) advanced to US$ 44 billion.
Spending on Information Technology in India is expected to grow over 9 per cent to reach US$ 87.1 billion in 2018.* Revenue from digital segment is expected to comprise 38 per cent of the forecasted US$ 350 billion industry revenue by 2025.
Indian IT's core competencies and strengths have attracted significant investments from major countries. The computer software and hardware sector in India attracted cumulative Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows worth US$ 35.82 billion between April 2000 to December 2018, according to data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Leading Indian IT firms like Infosys, Wipro, TCS and Tech Mahindra, are diversifying their offerings and showcasing leading ideas in blockchain, artificial intelligence to clients using innovation hubs, research and development centres, in order to create differentiated offerings.
Some of the major developments in the Indian IT and ITeS sector are as follows:
• Nasscom has launched an online platform which is aimed at up-skilling over 2 million technology professionals and skilling another 2 million potential employees and students.
• Revenue growth in the BFSI vertical stood at 6.80 per cent y-o-y between July-September 2018.
• As of March 2018, there were over 1,140 GICs operating out of India.
• PE investments in the sector stood at US$ 2,400 million in Q4 2018.
• Venture Capital (VC) investments in the IT & ITeS sector stood at US$ 53.0 million during Q4 2018.
Some of the major initiatives taken by the government to promote IT and ITeS sector in India are as follows:
• The government has identified Information Technology as one of 12 champion service sectors for which an action plan is being developed. Also, the government has set up a Rs 5,000 crore (US$ 745.82 million) fund for realising the potential of these champion service sectors.
• As a part of Union Budget 2018-19, NITI Aayog is going to set up a national level programme that will enable efforts in AI and will help in leveraging AI technology for development works in the country.
• In the Interim Budget 2019-20, the Government of India announced plans to launch a national programme on AI* and setting up of a National AI* portal. l.
• National Policy on Software Products-2019 was passed by the Union Cabinet to develop India as a software product nation.
Following are the achievements of the government during 2017-18:
• About 200 Indian IT firms are present in around 80 countries.
• IT exports from India are expected to reach highest ever mark of US$ 126 billion in 2017-18.
• Highest ever revenue was generated by Indian IT firms at US$ 181 billion in 2018-19.
India is the topmost offshoring destination for IT companies across the world. Having proven its capabilities in delivering both on-shore and off-shore services to global clients, emerging technologies now offer an entire new gamut of opportunities for top IT firms in India. Export revenue of the industry is expected to grow 7-9 per cent year-on-year to US$ 135-137 billion in FY19. The industry is expected to grow to US$ 350 billion by 2025 and BPM is expected to account for US$ 50-55 billion out of the total revenue.