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Scaler predicts six major tech hiring trends in 2022

Mumbai, India: Scaler has announced a promising set of hiring trends that are predicted to shape up the tech industry in 2022.

Based on an in-depth analysis of how the year has played out for the Indian tech industry, Scaler Academy has forecasted the key trends that will shape the tech hiring landscape in 2022. There are six major trends that Scaler has identified that could significantly impact how the tech industry functions in the coming year.

Rise of Algorithmic CEOs

Up until a few years ago, the thought of a “geeky coder” without a fancy B-school degree competing for top jobs in some of the biggest tech companies in the world would have seemed utterly absurd to many. But now, as the Elon Musks (Tesla) and Parag Agarwals (Twitter) of the world emerge, the stereotypical notion of ‘who should be a CEO' is slowly witnessing a change.

“These coder turned leaders are not only adept in thriving at leadership roles but are also more than capable of troubleshooting the bugs of their techs,” said Abhimanyu Saxena, Co-Founder, Scaler & InterviewBit. One can only conclude that with this rising trend of skilled coders transitioning ever so smoothly into leadership roles, we are witnessing the start of yet another tech revolution.

The democratization of opportunities for techies from tier 2 and tier 3 markets

Before the onset of the pandemic, virtual hirings were never a norm. The pandemic-induced lockdowns meant that the tech companies were compelled to do away with in-person hirings. “This has unearthed a plethora of untapped talent from cities that had previously been ignored. Gone are the days of geo-specific hirings where recruiters focus mainly on metropolitan cities,” said Saxena.

Currently, more than 20 lakh of India's workforce from Engineering, IT, R&D, and BPM are from the top 15 tier 2 cities, according to a study conducted by Zinnov, leading global management, and strategy consulting firm. This is a clear sign of things to come with tech companies already reaping the benefits of democratizing their hiring processes.

Qualifier tests replacing campus recruitments among IT companies

Tech companies are steadily shifting away from campus-based recruitment programs and opting for nationwide qualifiers for their new hires. “This trend is expected to continue in the coming years mainly due to two factors. One is the ability to discover a diverse set of talents due to the nationwide accessibility of these online tests. Secondly, the fresher hiring process becomes faster and cost-effective with such effective systems in place to scrutinize and monitor the candidates,” said Saxena.

For instance, TCS launched the ‘TCS National Qualifier Test (NQT)', an online qualifier test for hiring freshers. The programming and cognitive skills of the candidates are evaluated in these qualifiers. Due to its growing popularity, other tech companies also hire candidates based on their NQT scores. Similarly, Infosys launched the ‘Infosys Certification Exam', a qualifier test that allows freshers to apply for jobs with Infosys. With two of the biggest IT firms in India opting for such qualifier tests, the other tech firms are bound to follow suit in 2022.

Increasing reliance on technology and automated software in hiring

The utilization of technology in the recruitment process has increased drastically over the last two years. A study conducted after the onset of the pandemic has revealed that 94% of the recruiters now rely on software to shortlist candidates. Software-assisted hirings where the highly developed AI technology of our times is more than capable of objectively shortlisting the right candidates from the clutter has become a boon to the tech recruiters.

“With the subjective inclinations that can creep in a while manually selecting candidates, the continued use of automated technologies can help in streamlining the hiring process in the coming years. With such platforms where the recruiters are provided with detailed performance highlights and search recommendations, the time-cost element of hiring is taken care of. This effective use of technology in hiring is bound to grow furthermore in 2022,” said Saxena.

Rise in the number of non-IIT hiring into CAT A tech companies

For a year or two, a couple of factors have combined, making it easier for techies from non-IIT backgrounds to land jobs at some of the highest-paid MNCs. One major factor has been the relative ease with which techies can upskill themselves. With the rise of the ed-tech industry, freshers and experienced professionals have been exposed to the immense growth potential upskilling has to offer. Techies from across the country now believe that they, too, can dream big in this industry. With ed-tech growing in prominence in the Indian market, these are certainly encouraging signs for non-IIT graduates. Secondly, with the virtual hirings and hybrid working models, the recruiters are finally open to considering candidates from non-glamours institutes. With these two factors taking precedence in the industry, this trend of regular IT professionals scaling the heights is destined to grow exponentially in the coming years.

A shift from service-based companies to better-paying product-based company

There are two significant reasons why techies want to shift from service-based to product-based. With much better pay and flexible working hours, a job in a product-based company is desired by many. Yet, only a small percentage of these professionals end up cracking these jobs. This is mainly due to the highly demanding ask from these tech companies, which most of the techies cannot match.

“But now, things are changing. Today, candidates seeking a product-based IT job have access to many online learning courses that can help them develop the necessary skills. Now with all the ed-tech players in the market with a meaningful vision to empower the learners' community, the number of professionals migrating to a product-based company is projected to grow in 2022,” added Saxena.

In 2020, the IT industry accounted for nearly 8 percent of the Indian GDP. With the IT sector playing such an essential role in the Indian economy, no pandemic can stop this industry from adapting to the testing times. Despite all the chaos, a skilled workforce is necessary for any IT firm to flourish in such a competitive environment. Therefore, identifying the trends in hiring is essential to the industry's sustainable growth.

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