Microsoft to hire Indian grads for Redmond unit

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In a new initiative, technology conglomerate Microsoft said it will hire fresh college graduates from India for its Redmond operations along with its two development centres in the country.

This is the first time that the technology major has decided to make overseas recruitments from India.

“We expect to hire at least 50 graduates this year for global centres including Redmond,” said S Somasegar, Microsoft senior vice-president (developer division).

“We will look to appoint people for Microsoft and not for a particular centre,” he said.

In all, Microsoft has plans to recruit 300 people this year from the campuses across 60 campuses, including some from Tier II cities, in the country. Out of these 60 campuses, students from ten colleges will be considered for Redmond.

Though the company is looking at 50 recruits for global operations, it is open to increase the number depending on the student interest. This hiring will be the highest for Microsoft in the recent times, he said.

This apart it will recruit laterals too this year. “The demand for manpower is always ahead of supply,” he said adding that on an average about 300 people are taken from the industry every year. Microsoft expects to touch the same level this fiscal (from July to June).

The company has already begun campus placements and completed the initial formalities in Anna Univeristy and NIT Tiruchy. The offer letters for the campus recruits will be issued in a few months and they will join the workforce next summer.

Microsoft has about 1,600 employees in its development centres including 130 at Bangalore and about 1,450 in Hyderabad. The Hyderabad centre in IT hub Gachibowli can accommodate 3,000 people at full capacity. There is no time line for reaching this figure, he said adding that a bulk of the new recruits this year will come to Hyderabad centre.

Of course, there have been instances of graduates from US and other nations recruited for India operations.

In its 13-year old history in Hyderabad, Microsoft has seen at least60 per cent of its work staff coming from the campuses.

The Hyderabad centre is involved with other teams in developing Windows 7, Windows mobile, cloud-based services and other subscription-based services.

In line with the global trends for the company, about 90 per cent of the workforce will concentrate on cloud-based offerings, which the company sees it as a key growth driver, said Somasegar.

On attrition and manpower retention, he said the attrition for the company is in single digit- several points below the industry average of 16 per cent. It will mentor the graduates to fast tract their careers.

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