Pune has already established itself as a top destination for tech talent, but Nashik and other areas are now seeing a sharp increase in hiring, especially for entry-level jobs.
The software industry is experiencing a severe skills shortage in critical fields like system architecture and data engineering despite a slowdown in hiring. It’s interesting to note that this increase in demand isn’t just affecting traditional IT firms; non-core IT organizations are also frantically looking for experts in these fields.
Employers are now looking outside of the typical tech hotspots and into Maharashtra’s smaller cities, where there is a wealth of untapped potential.
Companies are debating whether to call workers back to the office as the post-pandemic period ushers in a new era of work dynamics. However, a lot of computer employees prefer to stay in their hometowns if they can find good jobs there.
This change in choice is consistent with the rise of startups in smaller cities and the expansion of operations by larger businesses outside of major cities.
Nashik and Nagpur are included in NASSCOM’s list of 26 rising technological centres in India, which highlights the country’s leading IT industry association’s recognition of this trend. While Nashik has 250 technology and BPM-related business installations, Nagpur has over 550.
These cities collectively provide a workforce in the technology sector that ranges from 35,000 to 60,000 people, indicating a sizable tech presence.
The trend of reverse migration, where businesses are increasingly moving outside of the conventional tech strongholds, is intriguing. Pune has already established itself as a top destination for tech talent, but Nashik and other areas are now seeing a sharp increase in hiring, especially for entry-level jobs. In the upcoming years, Goa and Nagpur are also anticipated to become the next hotspots for technology.
Despite the decrease in recruiting in the IT sector, several job profiles are still in high demand. Data engineers, angular developers, solution architects, and cybersecurity specialists continue to be in demand for professionals with two to three years of experience.
Aside from that, sectors outside of IT are also building their digital infrastructure, which includes e-commerce platforms, augmented reality, data solutions, security precautions, and personalized services. Foreign corporations building up operations in India are also aggressively looking for local talent to fill these crucial roles, thus this demand is not just present in domestic enterprises.