Showing signs of economic recovery, information technology and IT-enabled services firms like Accenture and Infosys BPO on Monday said they were planning to start recruiting people soon. Accenture plans to hire around 8,000 new employees next year, while Infosys BPO will recruit 2,000 new employees.

“We have 42,000 employees right now, and we imagine we will be about 50,000 by the end of 2010,” Accenture Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William D. Green said on the sidelines of the India Economic Summit here. “We believe that analytics is going to be an important trend that our customers are going to demand from us. We think India is going to be a great place for us,” he added.

Similarly, the BPO arm of IT giant Infosys also plans to recruit around 2,000 more people this fiscal. “We plan to hire 2,000 people in the next four-five months or by the end of this fiscal. At present we have 16,000 employees in India,” Infosys BPO CEO Amitabh Chaudhry said here.

Meanwhile, another BPO company Genpact has already hired 6,000-7,000 so far this year for its global operations.

However, Microsoft India is not sure about its hiring plans as the IT major is looking for consolidation, particularly in view of economic slowdown that affected businesses across all sectors. There would be no significant hiring this fiscal, said Microsoft India Chairman and Corporate Vice-President Ravi Venkatesan, adding that Microsoft’s Global CEO Steve Ballmer had gone on record saying this was a period of consolidation rather than adding to the headcount.

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