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65% Of Indian IT Employees ‘Not Trainable’ Says Capgemini India CEO; Warns About Massive Unemployment

65% Of Indian IT Employees ‘Not Trainable’ Says Capgemini India CEO; Warns About Massive Unemployment

Information Technology is undergoing a massive transformation right now as automation, AI, immigration issues etc has seeped into the very core of this business model.

The arrival of the change and the subsequent aftershocks can be gauged from these interesting statements made by business leaders across the globe, including India which has been the biggest beneficiary of the IT Revolution.

But not anymore, it seems.

‘65% of IT Employees Untrainable’

Capgemini India, which employees around 1 lakh employees, is pretty pessimistic when it comes to the existing quality and standard of Indian IT employees. While speaking at Nasscom Leadership Summit in Mumbai, their Indian head dismissed 65% or around 20,00,000 IT employees, saying they are simply not trainable.

Capgemini India chief executive Srinivas Kandula said, “I am not very pessimistic, but it is a challenging task and I tend to believe that 60-65 per cent of them are just not trainable,”

This statement holds significance from the point of view of automation and changing technological landscape, as Nasscom had earlier said that 15 lakh or nearly 50% of all Indian IT employees needs re-training in order to adapt to changing business environment.

The base behind Srinivas’s statements stems largely from the fact that Indian educational system is not able to deliver quality workforce, and the engineers which are passing out from Tier 2, 3 colleges are not capable enough to introduce innovation and high-quality work.

He said, “For some unknown reasons, we call it a knowledge-driven industry. If you have that kind of talent, and then making them learn the existing technology itself is such a huge challenge,”

He also hinted towards large-scale job cuts in the industry, when he said that India will witness massive unemployment in the middle to senior level jobs in the industry.

We had earlier shared that 97% of Indian engineers cannot speak English, and less than 20% can be employed as software engineers.

A lot of derivations can be made from Capgemini India CEO’s statements regarding IT job in India: Will automation kill most of the middle to senior level jobs in India; is our education policy and curriculum responsible for the large scale automation as the employees are simply not able to change, adapt and allowing machines to take away their jobs?

Robots Needs To Be Taxed

In an interview, billionaire IT czar Bill Gates has proposed a tax for robots, the way a human being is charged for the income from his job. And the reason for the same is to ‘slow down automation, so that it doesn’t take away so many jobs, as it is currently happening.

He said, “You ought to be willing to raise the tax level and even slow down the speed of automation”.

In fact, a recent bill in European Union was proposed, which sought taxes on robot owners, to compensate re-training expenses of the humans. But the bill was rejected.

Bill Gates is arguing that the tax collected by robots can be used to help those who lost their jobs due to automation, and to help the poor and the needy who are not able to survive due to large-scale job cuts.

You can read the interview here.


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Mohul Ghosh: Mohul keenly observes the nuances of Indian startup world; and tries to demystify the secrets behind Technology, Marketing, Mobile and Internet. He is a Writer by passion, Marketer by choice and Entrepreneur by compulsion. Follow him on Twitter here: @_mohul
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