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


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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.

  1. SAM says

    Seems some groundwork philosophy missing in CEO perception. Indian IT employees are the one who expert in multiple skills which you hardly found in outer world, has ability to develop in technology they never worked before, higher change adaptability, ability to sacrifice their social life and ability to work on higher contribution margin.
    As I know Capgemini likes to work with college pass outs to make the contribution margin high. Those guys have no hand on experience on practice challenges and expectations are like to be work as an expert after few days high level overview trainings.

    BTW how tough are training for CEO/Directors to make them more innovative?
    Indian organizations should be independent, productive and multi focal. Use young blood and develop own products.
    **Stars, Cash cows, Question mark, Dogs or is it not trainable!

  2. SS says

    Comments are valid, but some one should ask Mr Kandula, “How many smart people he has hired himself, more over how many smart people shall be willing to work for Mr Kandula”. I can bet the numbers shall be astoundingly low. Since if that were high, capgemini / Igate engineer quality would be high. That no one wants to ask, since it is quite introspective and hard to digest. After securing one’s own career, one can make all these pie in the sky statements without suggesting a solution. Let us do before we preach

  3. Nidhi Shah says

    This is big time that middle and senior management should be given the chance to move the value chain. All these old mainframe timers acting/posing as VP/CEO should encourage middle manages to take up their role. They should plan their retirements and let the new blood take over. They should mentor them rather then blaming them

  4. Max says

    Don’t listen to this idiot, he can barely frame a sentence himself and has become a CEO from HR head via politics. As a result, He knows as much IT as a roadside dog does. Basically he talks a lot of shit and achieves nothing.

  5. thisisnotgood says

    i believe the capgemini CEO india should understand that why did he create such an company which is 65 % not scalable
    he should understand his responsibility

  6. Mud says

    The Capgemini CEO found this out TODAY?? The whole world has known, AND spat at us, for the last 20 YEARS!! Thank GOD these guys will Go now,….another MINUTE would have been too much!

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