The tech majors Infosys and Wipro are hunting for talent with a difference. They are playing up innovation to float newer ways of attracting and catching talent. Infosys Technologies has opened a "green channel", inviting its former employees who wish to come back to the Infy stable. This special channel has been created to make their return home a smooth affair.
The company is trying to drive the idea of "Once an Infoscion, always an Infoscion". The target cities are Bangalore, Chennai and Pune, as the company believes that a sizeable number of former Infoscions resides in these cities. Mohandas Pai, head (HR), Infosys Technologies, said: "A lot of people quit the company in the last three months as markets started opening up. Many thought the world was greener outside. Also, there has been directed poaching. We have gone in for another round of compensation hike. The feedback is that many who left us want to come back. So we have decided to make it a systemic issue and opened a green channel."
Wipro, too, is doing well with its Wipro Academy of Software Excellence (WASE) programme, offering exciting opportunities to freshers. Under the scheme, freshers are paid a stipend/salary of Rs 9,000 in the first year, Rs 11,500 in the second year, Rs 16,667 in the third year and Rs 21,500 in the fourth year. Well, the icing on the cake is an MS Degree from BITS Pilani at the end of fourth year.
So for fresh grads it is like having the cake and eating it: They will be on Wipro payroll and will simultaneously do their master’s through a combination of online and offline. "We are hiring 3,000 fresh candidates under the programme this year. This is the first time we are hiring thousands under WASE. Earlier, the hiring was in hundreds," said Pradeep Bahirwani, global head, talent acquisition, Wipro Technologies.