Industry body Nasscom projected software export growth in fiscal 2017-18 at 7-8% in constant currency, down from 8.6% last year.
How safe is the average Indian techie’s job? Between Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” push at one end and artificial intelligence-driven automation on the other, India’s most sought-after career for two decades is suddenly losing its appeal.
The Indian software services companies will breathe a sigh of relief as the Indian ministries, authorities and industry lobby had a dialogue with a visiting eight-member US delegation headed by Congressman Bob GoodLatte, on the ongoing concerns of H1-B visa holders.
Despite the impending dark overtones cast on India’s IT sector, the reality on the ground is far from anything bleak. Irrespective of the announcements from US president Donald Trump, Brexit concerns and the slowing global economy, the IT sector seems to have factored the low spell and will be only marginally impacted. The sector will likely grow 8-9 percent in FY2017E and could grow at same pace or accelerate in FY2018, according to a technology report from Kotak Instituitional Equities released a week ago.
Today a legislation impacting H1-B visa programme has been introduced in the US House of Representatives making it difficult for companies in the US to employ skilled foreign workers. Among other things, the bill more than doubled the minimum wage requirement of H1-B visa holders to US $130,000.
Software services industry, already facing pressures on profitability and revenue, has become the latest target of the Trump administration’s moves to protect American jobs.
IT industry’s representative body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), is exploring hosting its first IT industry event in the United States even as the sector combats the market slowdown.