July 18, 2012 Category : Jobs & Careers
BANGALORE: Accenture, which has nearly a third of its employee-base in India, is continuing to aggressively increase these numbers.
The $27-billion management consulting, technology services and outsourcing giant hastaken additional office spaces in Pune, Chennai, Mumbai and the National Capital Region, each in the 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh sft range, said sources in the real estate industry.
A2 lakh sqft infrastructure can seat about 2,000 people. Many of the new recruits will be laterals with expertise across ERP, CRM, SCM, EAI (enterprise application integration), application maintenance, application development, IT infrastructure, KPO/BPO, telecom application, consulting, project management, delivery management, business analysis, programme management and practice management.
Accenture started large scale campus hiring in the country a few years ago. Some 6,000 to 7,000 campus recruits will also join the company this year. India currently is the single largest employee base for Accenture, with the headcount expected to cross 80,000 by August.
In the US, it has about 40,000 employees and in the Philippines 35,000. In 2007, Accenture had 35,000 people in India, which means that in five years, the number more than doubled. Wikipedia says the company has a global headcount of 251,000, a tad higher than TCS's 243,545.
Accenture India managing director Avinash Vashistha declined to get into specific numbers, but said, "We are the most preferred choice, with our integrated offering of management consulting, technology and outsourcing, among employees and vendors today in India. So we continue to look for growth options in the country.''
The company already has a presence in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. Pune is now the city of choice for immediate expansion. Pune has emerged as a hotspot for many technology companies because of its educational ecosystem, large talent pool, good climate and proximity to Mumbai.
Accenture is one of the most global of companies. It is incorporated in Ireland, is listed in the US and currently has a Frenchman as CEO. So it may not face the kind of offshoring backlash that companies closely identified with the US or Europe currently face on account of the high unemployment rates in those continents.
India is becoming important to Accenture also as a market. In the latest (third) quarter, Accenture posted outsourcing revenues of $3.19 billion (on total revenue of $7.15 billion), an increase of 16%. Outsourcing revenues reached record-high levels in the quarter with India and the Asia Pacific regions fueling the growth. "We are exploring better insights and specific business outcomes of high value from the country,'' said Vashistha.
Accenture has been aggressively wooing business in the corporate and government verticals in the country. In the government space, the company has implemented the core biometric identification system for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It is working with India Post on an IT modernization project.