TimesJobs spoke to Abhijit Rao, Head of People, UiPath APAC about the jobs that will be in demand and skills that are finding ready acceptance in the market. He says, “The gig economy is gaining traction in the entire IT industry. The increasing gap in the demand and supply of skilled tech talent remains a major concern area”. Here’s the complete interview:
How have the new-age
Abhijit Rao: The introduction of RPA in recruitment activities has led to time optimisation, cost effectiveness and enhanced productivity. For organisations dealing with high volume recruitment, RPA can be used in many different areas of the recruitment life cycle such as resume search, retrieval and reporting
: Which job profiles were most in demand in the past six months?
Abhijit Rao: In India, the IT/BPM industry and the shared services industry is actively hiring. Along with this, companies have also been looking for professionals proficient in emerging technologies such as
Which job profiles be in demand in the next six months?
Abhijit Rao: With the concepts like Intelligent Solutions and Cognitive Automation gaining momentum, many companies will look for professionals who are adept in RPA in conjunction with emerging technologies such as AI and ML. These will be the key skills driving IT industry in future.
Name the top new-age skills that are most sought-after in your industry?
Abhijit Rao: Business process and domain understanding are essential skills for any professional. With businesses adopting automation aggressively, they are looking for professionals skilled in RPA. It is also necessary for IT professionals to learn about agile development since it will help them evolve as team players and manage work efficiently; while ensuring quality. Experience in open source technologies is another highly desired skill in our industry.
How have the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiatives helped in making workplaces better?
Abhijit Rao: With our D&I initiatives, we aim to create a heterogeneity in the work environment. The resultant benefits are many e.g. cross-learning opportunities, diversity of views and opinions, and fostering an environment of trust and equitable opportunity. Apart from creating a social impact, these initiatives are also a strategic component to accessing good talent. It helps companies to gain access to latent talent pool that was not tapped or available earlier.
What challenges are recruiters facing in your industry while implementing HR Tech?
Abhijit Rao: Recruitment in the software industry is defined by many characteristics, including high volume recruiting, mass technical training, and career tracks split on the basis of programming genres, recruitment processes involving high component of evaluation of technical skills, presence of an external supply chain of talent fulfilment agencies, etc. We find that these aspects often become reasons to avoid exploring the possibilities of HR Tech, owing to the mindset that technology cannot address these unique requirements.
What are the skill sets you would like fresh entrants in your industry to have?
Abhijit Rao: We would look for talent skilled in open source stack, agile development, modern development environments, ML and AI, data management, security and most importantly, for us, automation. For any developer starting his career in the industry, the most important step should be to identify the areas that interest him and then work towards attaining proficiency in it. Also, an understanding of the basic business processes and domain would take them a long way
TimesJobs: What will be the key hiring trends for the next six months?
Abhijit Rao: The industry is on an upswing, both for domestic markets and exports. With this curve, the demand for skilled talent is also on the rise. We can expect to see a significant increase in the hiring activities for business roles, client-facing technical roles and product development roles, along with technical roles requiring the professional to be adept at emerging technologies.