As hiring across borders becomes increasingly common thanks to remote and distributed ways of working, companies are now searching for talent around the world. Hiring globally is particularly helpful when you need experienced tech talent, since software and engineering roles are often hard to fill locally due to talent shortages.
India, in particular, has emerged as a top hiring destination for remote global talent. While developed economies like the U.S., Canada, and Australia face talent shortages, research from Korn Ferry shows that India actually has a talent surplus, including in the technology sector, where India boasts the largest talent pool. The country’s talent surplus could be beneficial to companies seeking to grow their teams with highly skilled tech talent.
With that in mind, here are five reasons why India should be at the top of your list if you’re looking to onboard top global talent.
Why should you hire in India?
1. Technical expertise
The Indian talent pool boasts a wide range of technical expertise, including software design, full-stack development, data analysis, cybersecurity, DevOps, cloud infrastructure, and UI/UX specialists. There are over 8.2 million Java and Python developers, 6 million software developers, and over 2 million mobile app developers across Android and iOS.
2. Large talent pool
With 1.5 million engineering graduates produced each year across 3500 IT institutes in India, there is no shortage of highly proficient tech talent in India. In fact, the South Asian nation accounts for 31.7% of the world’s STEM graduates. With thousands of Indian software companies offering services globally, and the country’s IT services exports being a top contributor to its economy, India offers highly skilled and experienced tech talent.
3. Lower cost of labor
Due to its talent surplus and its status as a developing economy, India offers talent at very affordable salaries compared to developed countries. This makes India an especially attractive hiring destination for companies looking to onboard talent while also extending their financial runway, which is especially relevant now considering recent macroeconomic headwinds affecting the tech industry.
Tech professionals in India are known for their adaptability and ability to work with various technologies and tools. They’re adept at working with a range of project management ideologies, including waterfall, agile, scrum, lean, and kanban. Their projects flourish thanks to their ability to work with a diverse clientele and the cultural synergy enabled by international collaboration.
5. Communication skills
As citizens of a multicultural and multilingual nation, Indian professionals are excellent communicators, and are well known for robust and effective collaboration with clients and colleagues worldwide. English is widely used as an official language in India, and according to the Indian government, there are 200 million English speakers in the country.
How can you recruit remote Indian talent?
Searching for talent internationally can seem overwhelming at first. Fortunately, there are job portals and talent agencies that can help. For Indian talent, job portals like Naukri, LinkedIn, and Indeed offer a good database of candidates for hiring managers. Similarly, LinkedIn provides a vast database of professionals you can search and connect with directly.
You can also turn to talent agencies to source, vet, and onboard candidates for you. For example, online platforms like Uplers, FlexJobs, and Turing offer comprehensive talent solutions for your hiring needs. Each option has its own pros and cons, so it’s best to consider which one best fits your specific needs.
Choosing the right recruitment partner can help you navigate, source, vet, and onboard talent according to your requirements. For instance, if you’re unsure about how to assess the caliber of candidates in an unfamiliar market, or aren’t sure if the new hire will be able to perform at the expected level, having a local talent partner like Uplers can help ease these anxieties. A local partner can also ensure compliance with local laws and regulations, navigate cultural differences, and help you build a diverse and inclusive team by connecting you with the best tech talent in India.
How can you hire and onboard talent from India?
Once you’ve found your dream candidate in India, the next step is to bring them on board compliantly, i.e., in a way that respects Indian employment laws and tax regulations. For instance, when hiring full-time remote employees in India, you’ll need to meet compliance in terms of statutory benefits in India, such as holidays, gratuity payments, state insurance, and more.
An easy way to hire remote Indian talent is to work with an EOR in India. A global EOR provider like Oyster lets you compliantly hire and onboard talent from India (and around the world). You’ll be able to check out employment costs in India as well as refer to our India hiring guide, so you can feel confident about making informed decisions.
Simplify hiring in India with Uplers and Oyster
If you’re looking to connect with pre-vetted Indian talent, Uplers can help you find candidates that match your needs. And once you’ve found the talent you need, reach out to Oyster to bring them on board quickly and compliantly.
Want to learn more about hiring remote professionals in India? Check out the Uplers and Oyster Guide to Hiring Indian Remote Employees.