The software firm posted a decline of 2,197 people in its employee base for the October-December period to 6.13 lakh.
The Tata group company, however, made it clear that this was due to the higher hiring done over the last 18 months, and not driven by the demand environment.”… if you look at our overall hiring trends, we are continuing to (hire) probably at the same level. We should be hiring in the range of 1,25,000-1,50,000 people next year. Its an ongoing confidence in the medium-term, long-term view that we have,” its chief executive and managing director Rajesh Gopinathan told reporters.
“Our posture is positive, we are not pulling people off the field, we are fully engaged, fully present. We are fully invested from a talent capacity perspective. We had over-invested last year and benefitting from that (this quarter),” he added.
It can be noted that in FY22, it added 1.03 lakh people to its overall staff and has hired over 55,000 people on a net basis already in FY23 even though it reported a decline of 2,197 people on a net basis in the December quarter.
The company’s chief human resources officer Milind Lakkad attributed the decline in the December quarter to attrition trending higher than the fresh hires.
He said it has hired 42,000 freshers in FY23 so far, which means that it hired only about 7,000 employees in the third quarter over the 35,000 done in the first half. It may hire a few thousand more in the fourth quarter or it may stay muted.