30,000 new recruits for HCL Technologies but reduced dependency on H1B visas

The Company’s staff strength stood at 1,27,875 in September this year.

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HCL Technologies, the IT services firm, is expected to recruit close to 30000 people as it anticipates more work in the near future. It will be hiring more full-stack engineers instead of concentrating on specialists in one development lifecycle, as was the practice in the past. However, it will decrease its dependency on H1B visas with more focus on hiring locals in the US.

According to Apparao V.V., chief human resources officer, HCL Tech, the Company requires a minimum of 25000 people to help maintain its current growth rate. Having added 3,754 people in the second quarter, its staff strength was 1,27,875 in September, 2018.

HCL Tech has entered into 17 transformational deals in various services including digital & analytics, cloud, IoT and cybersecurity.

Hiring in the IT sector has improved in the past couple of months, mainly because the sector is being less cautious now and IT companies are revising their business models to explore new territories. Also, HCL Tech is not as dependent on H1B visas as it was earlier, with improved localisation in the US.

The US Government under Donald Trump has made H1 B visa scrutiny stricter, with the US General Services Administration attempting to alter the selection process in keeping with the “Buy American and Hire American” policies.

The Company, which claims 65 to 70 per cent localisation in most of its units in the US, is reported to have applied for 640 H1B visas and received approval for 400. HCL Tech has a nearly 17000 strong workforce in the US, comprising more than 64 per cent locals. That is why, it is less dependent on H1B visas now, and does not require L1 visas at all.

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