The approaching earnings season will be a true test for Indian IT firms like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, Wipro, HCL Tech, and others that have been struggling with rising inflation and the macroeconomic slump. The hiring, onboarding of new employees, and variable rewards, which have been lacklustre in FY23 thus far as compared to FY22, are further indicators of the sector’s performance. At least in the near future, experts predict that the same tendencies will continue.

Varying pay

An employee of a human resources organization named Sriram Venkat indicated that the variable rewards would be subdued in Q4 FY23. Additionally, he pointed out that while mid-level and higher-level leaders might receive pay adjustments based on business unit performance, lower-band employees will only be marginally affected by the changes. ”We can anticipate subdued variable payouts in Q4.” At large IT companies, it may vary from 85% to 100% for lower-level personnel. According to him, the effectiveness of the business unit would most likely determine the rest.

Attrition and headcount

Those in the know in the industry predict that headcount growth, which halted in Q3 FY23, will resume in Q4. The current recession has unquestionably affected employment and expansion, according to Kalyan Durairaj, director of HR at FourKites (APAC). The rise of personnel has slowed as a result of IT companies’ conservative hiring strategies due to the uncertain economic climate. According to experts, voluntary attrition may moderate as a result of the lack of opportunities brought on by industry-wide cutbacks.

“Q3 was the first quarter in which a significant IT company like TCS had a negative headcount; this is suggestive of their cautious approach,” Venkat said. For this quarter, it’s possible that this strategy will stay conservative. There is a chance that mid-cap IT companies will lay off employees, which will moderate voluntary attrition.

Delays in onboarding new employees and recruiting on campus

Business Today has previously reported that top IT firms like TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Tech, and others have not been as active in their campus hiring drive during the current placement session.

According to Vijay Sivaram, CEO of Quess IT Staffing, “We will undoubtedly see a decline in freshmen hiring and pressure on college hiring because employers overhired entry-level talent post-COVID. There was a boom in entry-level talent hiring”but it was not witnessed in the years prior. The needs of organizations are now being reviewed. The discomfort brought on by the onboarding delay may last for some additional time, according to experts.

Venkat stated, “As firms, the delay may last for a while. Several major IT firms, like Infosys, Tech Mahindra, and TCS, currently have large talent pools; organisations will initially try to use those resources before attempting to add those candidates awaiting onboarding. Entry-level hiring will be slowed down as well because there are currently so many students waiting for onboarding.