The National Association of Software and Service Companies said today despite growth in Information Technology leading to creation of more jobs, re-skilling of employees becomes more important to the industry. Stating that the IT industry with turnover of $154 billion employs about 3.9 million people, Nasscom president R Chandrashekhar today said if India remains under $154 billion turnover it would require less number of employees. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Long-term Review
“But we do not remain at $154 billion. We continue to grow. We (Nasscom) had already shared with you that the industry is expected to grow at 7-8 percent. And that growth also leads to more jobs,” he said. Chandrashekhar was talking to reporters on the sidelines of the annual HR Summit.
Noting that automation in the industry “destroy” jobs, he said industry growth leads to “creation of more jobs.” “So, as long as pace of growth is fast than the reduction of employment due to automation, net employment continues to grow. That is the situation we are in today, where pace of growth is still outpacing rate of job loss,” he said.
On the creation of new jobs, Chandrasekhar said new jobs require higher skills subsequently leading to “reskilling becoming very important to the industry.” “The jobs which are created is different from the jobs which are lost. It is not that 50 jobs are gone and 100 jobs are created. The (additional) 50 jobs created are different and that has implications,” he said. “The new jobs require higher skills and therefore reskilling has become very important,” he said. ALSO READ: Nasscom lowers IT export growth to 7-8% in 2017-18
“Reskilling and upskilling has become a topmost priority for employee retention so every employee knows today if they don’t upskill sooner or later they are going to be redundant,” he said. “It is also critical for companies also to offer opportunities for their employees to be reskilled,” he said.
Noting that 21 million jobs were lost every year in the US, either due to technology or business changes, he said, “It is not a sad thing. Because 23 million jobs are created which is again an example of the fact that technology creates more jobs than it eliminates.”