Atos, a French multinational information technology service and consulting company, has announced its plans to hire 15000 employees in India over the next 12 months.
Currently, the company has a total headcount of 40,000 people in India, and globally Atos has more than 1.0 lakh employees.
In an interview with Economic Times, Elie Girard, Chief Executive Officer, Atos said, “We are experiencing a productivity shock, like what we experienced 20 years ago, thanks to the acceleration of digitization, and India is at the heart of it,”
He also added that acceleration of digitization has resulted in a demand boom across sectors, including the public sector and defense, which would benefit employment.
India is the best provider of those skills in the world, however at present, there is a talent war between demand and supply, he said.
Elie Girard further said, “Atos invests nearly 400 million euros in India yearly on employee-related bills, together with payroll and skilling. Additionally, India is an important marketplace for the company, which is partnering with the federal government on the Nationwide Supercomputing Mission,”
Atos has also invested in National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) by assembling and testing high-performance computers. The € 11 billion firm considers India as an important market and presently, the country accounts for almost one-third of its revenues.
The company also has a quantum lab in India, which would lead the pack in the space, given the magnificent digital force in the country, Girard said. He also added that a lot of the company’s product development in cybersecurity is happening in India.
Girard said that the company has also been doing a lot of acquisitions and believes that in the next two years, the company will become number one worldwide in cybersecurity services.
Earlier this year, Atos made a bid to acquire DXC Technology, however, the deal did not go through eventually. Last year, it had acquired Paladion, which has a significant presence in India.
Though the company will focus on smaller acquisitions and mid-size options, the company will pursue any more acquisitions, Girard said.