TCS to step up hiring as info-tech spending takes off

In what could be a firm indicator of turnaround times for the IT industry, the CEO of India's largest IT services company said fiscal 2010-11 is likely to see his company step up the pace of hiring, give wage hikes, as well as increase capital expenditure.

“We are likely to hire more people next year ( vis-à-vis the current fiscal) and we have also increased the quantum of work done offshore. This means we have to create more facilities going forward,” Mr N Chandrasekaran, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services, said in an interview to Business Line.

Next year's capex for the $6-billion company is likely to be higher than the Rs 1,300 crore earmarked for the current year, a figure disclosed by the group chairman, Mr Ratan Tata, at the company's annual general meeting last year.

However, Mr Chandrasekaran would not provide concrete numbers as the company is still in the process of firming up its plans for the next fiscal, ahead of its third quarterly results that are to be announced on January 15.

This revival in IT spend is propelling TCS to firm up hiring plans for next year and it is being led by companies in the banking, financial services space across geographies.