ITeS major HCL Tech will hire upto 9,000 freshers from October 20 to March 21 owing to strong growth, the company said. This will up the total number of HCL employees close to 1.7 lakh. Further, the existing employees will receive a 6% increment during the same period. The company marked an all-time high at 20% QoQ and net profit of Rs 3,142 crore for Q2. The overseas hiring cost of the company seems to have increased post the H1-b visa ban where the employes will only get 2.5% raise.