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Google not finding right talent in India to suit its needs

india Updated: Oct 15, 2006 15:31 IST
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IT engineers may be dime-a-dozen in India, but internet search engine leader Google is having a hard time finding candidates with the right skill sets in the country.

Google, which is considered to have a very low attrition rate even in the high-job-hopping Indian IT space, has found it more challenging to hire certain talent in India as compared to other parts of the world, the company's founder-director Kavitark Ram Shriram admitted recently.

The Indian origin founding board member of Google and a well-known venture capitalist said at an 'Investing in India' conference in San Francisco, "I know first hand that we have had a bit more of a challenge trying to hire engineers for Google in Bangalore compared to the other parts of the world."

The daunting admission comes from an influential board member of a company which puts a prominent link of 'We're Hiring' on the home page of its India website.

Besides, the company claims to encourage its employees "to make their dreams a reality," to provide "a fun atmosphere" to work, along with other benefits like "mediclaim insurance, life insurance, business travel/personal accident insurance, sick time, maternity leave, paternity leave and family care leave."

When contacted, a Google India spokesperson declined to comment on the issues raised by Shriram, but said the company was very pleased with the talent it had found in India.

The spokesperson said, "We are building global centres to be at the same quality throughout the world and Google Bangalore R&D centre is an important part of the Google innovation story."

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