When I met Wipro's European head, Jeffrey Heenan Jalil, back in May I blogged about the fact that Wipro said it was struggling to find European staff despite the its efforts.
He said Wipro is finding it difficult to find staff to fill roles across Europe and that there were hundreds of vacancies. "We have hundreds of on site jobs not filled because I am finding it difficult to get the staff."
He told me at the time that he could fill the roles from India but wants to fill these roles with locals as part of its plan to increase the proportion of staff in Europe that is local. By the end of this year it wants to have 50% of European staff local to the region.
He said he was not sure whether this was a result of a skills shortage or if Wipro is looking in the wrong places. He also said that contrary to popular belief, bringing staff over from India is more expensive that recruiting locals in Europe. He said the combination of the salary they must be paid as well as flights and family support makes it much more expensive to bring staff from, India.
After I wrote that blog three experienced readers applied for UK jobs on the Wipro website. But after over two months their online applications are still stuck on the "To screen" point of the application process.
Is the system broken? How will Wipro hit its target to have half of European staff locals?
I asked Wipro what is going on and it seems Wipro's problem now is that there are too many people applying for jobs with it.
Pradeep Bahirwani, vice president of talent acquisition at Wipro had this to say: " In the past few months we have seen a significant increase in the number of job applications. We have a robust systems & screening process in place, in line with global standards. As there has been a spike in the volume of resumes, priority of screening is given to resumes tagged under specific job positions which are active and open. We have taken proactive steps to optimize the screening process given the recent increase in the number of applications coming in."
Has this Blog increased job applications at Wipro? Sadley I doubt it?
If Wipro wants 50% of European staff top be locals it had better get its act together.
Anyone else stuck in the Wipro recruitment system?