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HCLT to hire 3,000 people in Q1

Move to hire people along with wage hikes,will have impact of about 300 basis points on Q1 of HCLT.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: July 27, 2011 2:42:49 pm

Software exporter HCL Technologies (HCLT) on Wednesday said it will hire about 3,000 people in the July-September quarter.

“We have already hired 3,000 people in the June quarter. In this quarter,we will hire an additional 3,000 freshers,” HCLT Chief Executive Vineet Nayar said.

The Indian IT industry is ramping up its headcount as it gears up to meet renewed demand for IT services following a slump during the economic meltdown.

The companies are also building up bench strengths to handle the bigger size and variety of projects they expect to grab in the coming months.

Larger rival Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) plans to hire about 60,000 people this fiscal,while peers Wipro and Infosys are also hiring aggressively.

The move to hire more people,coupled with wage hikes,will have an impact of about 300 basis points on the first quarter numbers of HCLT.

“We expect the September quarter margins to drop 300 basis points. Of this,about 250 bps would be on account of wage hikes and the remaining 50 bps on new hires,” Nayar said.

The company,which follows a July-June fiscal,has given a 12-14 per cent wage hike for its India staff,while onsite salaries have been increased by 2-3 per cent. The wage hikes are effective from July 1.

HCLT is,however,confident of making up for the drop in margins. “Though we are expecting a 300 bps drop in margins in Q1,we will recover in the next three quarters,” he said.

The company also plans a capital expenditure of $230million in FY’12.

“Last year,our capex was at $170 million. This year,we are stepping up our capex to USD 230 million. Most of this will go toward expansion of campuses,” HCLT Chief Financial Officer Anil Chanana said.

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