Soaring IT sector in Kerala eager to lap up native techies returning from Gulf

United Arab Emirates has the most number of Malayali techies working in many international IT companies: Shutterstock/Chat Karen Studio

Kochi: Reverse brain drain has been a blessing for India as the developments in the Information Technology in the last couple of decades suggest. This trend is playing out in Kerala too of late.

Lots of Keralites in the Gulf are apparently seeking job opportunities in the companies that are based in their native state.

Keralites who have been working in the IT sector in the Gulf countries are returning as the companies here are keen on recruiting IT professionals and consulting experts.

United Arab Emirates has the most number of Malayali techies working in many international IT companies. Lots of Malayali techies work in Saudi Arabia too. They wish to return to the companies in their home state as there has been an impressive increase in the salary of the IT professionals and the number of senior posts too have gone up.

The professionals are likely to get a heavy annual pay package as per their work experience. Compared to the salary in the Gulf, this amount isn’t too bad. Besides, the professionals are lured by the low living expenses here.

Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram have become the hubs of many international IT companies and all of them are looking for professionals in higher posts.

In Kerala, even though there isn’t a dearth of freshers, there aren’t too many experienced hands who are experts in international business. So, the international experience of those who are returning are valued by the companies here. Experts note that this trend could prove beneficial for the IT sector in Kerala.

Besides, global companies that have offices in the Gulf are looking for professionals who have worked there. This could help them grab the business in the Gulf regions. Consulting giant Earnest & Young that has a firm presence in the Gulf region is an example. They are planning to recruit more professionals to expand their services in Kerala. Currently, they run an office at Technopark with 9,000 employees. This is likely to hit 10,000 in a few months.

Moreover, EY is all set to take up more space in both InfoPark in Kochi and Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram and to recruit more professionals too.  

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