The top five ITes firms – TCS, Infosys, HCL Tech, Wipro and Tech Mahindra together added 66,500 employees in FY20, against 87,060 in FY19. Automation of the mundane task and slower business growth resulted in a 25% drop in hiring. Due to COVID-19, they have also suspended new hiring but promised to honour job offers already made. HCL Tech, as an exception, will hire 15,000 freshers. Together they employ around 1.14mn of country’s 4.3mn tech workforce.