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Basic Economic Summary


India has seen sectors such as GICs, Automobile and Auto Ancillary, Consumer Durables, Retail and Start-ups ramp up their hiring. The IT industry continues to expand rapidly and is projected to grow by 10-12% by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). There is also growing demand in the market for talent specializing in SDETs, Data Analytics, Cybersecurity (Kelly services’ 2019 salary guide).

On the application space, Indian talent are typically strong with Full Stack, UI/Web Dev, QA Testers and SDETs. On Network Infra space, Indian talent are strong in Cybersecurity, DevOps and Cloud Infra role.

India has:

  • More than 5 million Java and Python Developers
  • 1.3 million Android Developers
  • 873,000 iOS developers
  • 170,000 focused on AI, robotics, Data Analytics and Cybersecurity
  • Close to 300,000 qualified ICAI Chartered Accountants with more than 5000 newly qualified CAs added annually
  • About 450 million smart phone users – More than 1.6 million people work on developing apps

Basic Information

  • Local Languages: Hindi (Official), English (Official), Bengali
  • Major Economic Hubs: New Delhi, Bombay (Mumbai), Calcutta
  • Currency: India Rupee
  • Population: 1.38 billion (2020)
  • Date Format: dd/mm/yyyy

Useful Information

  • GDP Per Capita (in USD): $2,104
  • Exchange Rate (INR/USD): 0.0014

Local Universities

In India, talent can be differentiated from the colleges they come from and the companies they worked with.

Elite and Tier 1 Colleges:

These institues are top of the line and considered to be the best schools in the country. Theey are popular among the recruiters in terms of brand value and education. These schools are very competitive and are very difficult to get into. A student needs to be in the top 1% or 2% to be eligible for an admissions call. Graduates typically get placed within top companies and are paid highly.

Tech Colleges:

  • Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Madras, Roorkee, Guhuwati, Hyderabad, Bhu, Indore)
  • National Institute of Technology (Trichy, Surathkal, Warangal)
  • International Institute of Information Technology (Hyderabad)
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science
  • More information on tier 1 tech colleges can be found here.

Non-tech Colleges:

  • Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (FMS)
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi (IIFT)
  • Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kozhikode, Lucknow)
  • Indian School of Business, Hyderabad (ISB)
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS)
  • Management Development Institute, Gurgaon (MDI)
  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai (NITIE)
  • Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay (SJMSOM)
  • S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai (SPJIMR)
  • Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur (XLRI)
  • More information on tier 1 non-tech colleges can be found here.

Tier 1.5 Colleges:

Tech Colleges

  • Indian Institute of Technology (Dhanbad, Mandi, Ropar, Gandhinagar, Jodhpur, Patna)
  • National Institute of Technology (Allahabad, Rourkela, Calicut, Jaipur, Nagpur, Kurukshetra, Surat, Bhopal, Jalandhar, Durgapur)
  • Birla Institute of Technology (Hyderabad, Goa, Mesra)
  • Jadavapur University
  • Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology
  • Punjab Engineering College
  • Netaji Subhas University of Technology
  • Delhi Technological University
  • Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology

Tier 2 Colleges:

Tier 2 institutes have established their brand names and have consistent placement records. These institutes are in the second chunk (top 15- 30) in terms of rankings. Some institutes are old and a few are newly established and promising institutes. These institutes have above average talents that get placed with good companies and have good pay.

Tech Colleges

  • All Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) that do not belong in the higher tiers
  • All National Institues of Technology (NIT) that do not belong in the higher tiers except Northeast.
  • LNM Institute of Information Technology
  • Thapar University
  • Nirma University
  • Coep Pune
  • Jamia Millia Islamia University Delhi

Non-tech colleges

  • Department of Management Studies, IISc, Bangalore
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi
  • Department of Management Studies IIT Madras
  • Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur
  • Indian Institute of Management, Raipur
  • Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi
  • Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak
  • Indian Institute of Management, Shillong
  • Indian Institute of Management, Trichy
  • Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur
  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (NMIMS)
  • PGDBA – IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur, ISI Kolkata*
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune (SCMHRD)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIBM)
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (TISS)
  • Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur (VGSOM)
  • Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), Bhubaneswar
  • More information on tier 2 non-tech universities can be found here.

Tier 3 Colleges:

Tier 3 colleges are still great places to learn and build a career. Some of them have a fantastic return on investment.

Tech Colleges

  • National Institute of Technology (Northeast)
  • International Institute of Information Technology (Northeast)
  • Vellore Institute of Technology
  • Manipal University
  • SRM University
  • RVCE Banglore

Non-tech Colleges

  • Department of Financial Studies (DFS), University of Delhi
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee
  • Delhi School of Economics (DSE), University of Delhi
  • Goa Institute Of Management, Goa (GIM)
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai (GLIM)
  • Indian Institute of Management (Amritsar, Bodh Gaya, Jammu, Nagpur, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, Visakhapatnam)
  • Industrial and Management Engineering, IIT Kanpur
  • International Management Institute, New Delhi (IMI)
  • Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (IMT)
  • Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA)
  • K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai (KJSOM)
  • Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA)
  • T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal (TAPMI)
  • Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai (We-B)

Renowned Local Universities:

University Number of Graduates (Undergraduates) Notes Rankings
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 709(2019) Well-known in computer science, science & technology and sciences (top 100 of whole of India). World University Rankings: 401-500, World Reputation Ranking: 176-200, Asia University Ranking: 69
Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 103 (2019) Well-known in computer science, science & technology and sciences. World University Rankings: 301-350, World Reputation Rankings: 126-150, Asia University Rankings: 36
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 873 (2020) Well-known in computer science, science & technology and sciences. World University Rankings: 401-500, Asia University Rankings: 67
Indian Institute of Technology Madras 2346 (2020) Well-known in computer science, science & technology and sciences. World University Rankings: 601-800, World Reputation Rankings: 176-200
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 1236 (2020) Well-known in computer science, science & technology and sciences. World University Rankings: 401-500, Asia University Rankings: 59

Salary Data

Job TitleAverage Salary (INR)Average Salary (USD)
Accounting (5-9 years)50,000-150,000682-2045
Sales (5-9 years)41,667-100,000568-1363
Marketing (5-9 years)41,667-100,000568-1364
Developer (3-5 years)58,333-83,333795-1136
UI (3-5 years experience)75,000-100,0001022-1363
Product Manager (3-7 years experience)125,000-291,6671704-3976
Data Scientist (1-4 years experience)150,000-291,6672045-3976

More information about average salaries in India can be found on Kelly Services’ 2020 salary guide for India.

Workers in this sector can expect a 6-10% appraisal hike with high performers drawing 11-15% hikes.

Talent Sourcing Tips

  • English Proficiency: Medium Proficiency
  • Number of LinkedIn Users (2019): 65,090,000
  • Top Local Job Portals: Naukri, Indeed, FreshersLive
  • Easiest Recruitment tools: Snaphunt

More information about job portals in India can be found here.

Top Recruitment Agencies: Placement Expert, Reflik, Alliance Recruitment Agency


Employer Payroll Tax

Type of Tax Contribution (%)
Employee’s Provident Fund (EPF)* 3.67%
Employee’s Pension Scheme (EPS) 8.33%

*Only if the monthly salary of the employee is <RS15,000, otherwise subject to certain conditions.

The employer payroll tax can be found here.

Employee Payroll Tax

Type of Tax Contribution (%)
Employee’s Provident Fund (EPF)* 12%
Professional Tax** depends

*Only if the monthly salary of the employee is <RS15,000, otherwise subject to certain conditions. **Only if the monthly salary of the employee is >RS15,000, and employee is in Karnataka. Information on professional tax can be found here.

Employee Monthly Income Tax

Net Taxable Income (Rupee) Contribution (%)
≤20,833.33 0.00%
20,833.33 – 41,666.67 5.00%
41,666.67 – 83,333.33 20.00%
83,333.33 30.00%

Foreign nationals in India are liable to pay EPF and income tax on India-sourced earnings.

India follows a progressive income tax model. Links to the employee payroll tax and employee income tax.

Minimum Wage & Payroll

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is 178 rupees per day (~US$2.40). However, it differs across different states based on industry and skill level of workers.

Payroll Cycle

Paid monthly, from the 28th to last day of the month.


13th month salary

Depends on the country’s working culture. In general, if any employee works in a company with ≥ 20 people, and they earn less than 10,000 rupees per month, they are entitled to a bonus of between 8.33% and 20% of their annual salary.

Working Hours & Statutory Leave

Annual Leave

Statutory minimum: 1 day of paid leave per 20 days of service.

However, 24 days paid leave per year for adult workers is common and a maximum of 30 vacation days can be carried over to the next year.

Sick Leave

Sick pay takes effect from 3rd day of illness at 70% of salary for a maximum of 3 months. However, different rules apply to different professionals.

Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

For 1 child, the employee is entitled to 26 weeks of paid maternity leave. If the employee has at least 2 child, they are entitled to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave.

Paternity Leave

Not compulsory. Only male government employees are entitled to 15 days of paid leave.

National Holidays

There are 3 national holidays in India -

  1. 26th January (Republic Day)
  2. 15th August (Independence Day)
  3. 2nd October (Gandhi Jayanti)

As a practise, an employee can follow client company holiday calendar/ parent company holiday calendar/ regional holidays/ bank holidays and are allowed to choose 5 leaves as per their location/will apart from the ones mentioned above.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

If termination isn’t specified in a contract, an employer must give 30 days of notice or payment in-lieu to an employee who has worked for at least 3 months.

Notice Period

Notice period of 30 days. However, termination due to misconduct has no notice period.

Severance Pay

15 days wages per year of service, if the employee has served the company for at least 5 years.

Probation period

Not mandatory, but up to 3 months if probation is given.



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