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How work from home has turned an entire profession lucrative

A spike in adoption of cloud computing and rising need for data centres due to the work-from-home scenario induced by the Covid-19 crisis has led to a scramble for talent in cloud technology.Large technology companies such as Amazon, TCS, Accenture and NTT-Netmagic, and banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) firms are offering up to 30% pay hike for roles such as cloud infrastructure engineers and chief information security officers as cloud migration picks up pace across sectors, staffing firm executives said.“There is a demand-supply mismatch which has increased, especially on the infrastructure (talent) front like cloud infrastructure architects, virtualisation engineers,” said Ankur Gupta, business head – IT Infrastructure services at TeamLease Digital. “There is also fresh demand coming in for DevOps and security officers.” Investments in talent that were scheduled to happen by 2025 are happening now in quick succession, Gupta said. He believes more professionals will upskill themselves in such niche areas in the next six months as demand for such talent is set to increase in tier two and tier three cities as well with more data centres opening up across India. “The talent is not just handling the server but also handling the hardware part. A combination of both is very difficult to get,” he said.A DevOps engineer, for example, needs to work between IT development and operations departments to facilitate integration and automation. Cloud infrastructure engineers and chief information security officers who were typically taking home up to Rs 20 lakh per annum are now being offered 20% increase, while DevOps engineers and virtualisation administrators earning up to Rs 12 lakhs per annum are being offered between 12-15% more, according to TeamLease.NTT-Netmagic is actively hiring talent across locations as it is building new data centres and adding more capacity to existing properties to cater to increasing demand for cloud storage, said Nitin Mishra, senior executive vice-president and chief product officer at the Mumbai-based cloud and managed infrastructure services company. “We expect near future requirements in skill areas such as network & application security, disaster recovery, solution architecture, data centre management and cloud platforms,” Mishra told ET.Yotta Infrastructure, a managed data centre provider of Hiranandani Group, has also stepped up hiring for certain roles. “In the current scenario, where enterprises are moving to the cloud, we are hiring cloud native application developers, cloud architects and cloud security specialists,” its chief executive Sunil Gupta said. “Data centres require maintenance and upkeep of IT equipment; for this, we are hiring IoT architects.”Gupta also said Yotta is looking to increase gender diversity in this largely male-dominated area. "We should also train and build a diverse workforce to address the talent shortage,” he said.Amazon, TCS, and Accenture did not respond to ET’s queries as of press time Wednesday.