it jobs: IT firms turn to small-town India for talent, new hubs

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It has turned out to be a win-win situation for employees and Indian IT firms, as Tier II cities and beyond become the new hubs, both for hiring talent as well as setting up tech centres.

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Coimbatore, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Madurai and Mysuru are witnessing a surge in technology jobs, as IT companies explore the option of employing skilled workers from these centres to meet a growing demand for technology talent.

As the first Covid-19 wave ebbed across the country, Nitesh Kumar returned to Bihar and has now set up Zoho’s newest development centre in Patna, the state capital.

It was, in a sense, a back-to-the-roots moment for him as well as nearly two dozen colleagues from the state who were working at the Chennai headquarters of India’s largest software-as-a-service (SaaS) company.

“We (Zoho) had already tried this (smaller town centres) in other

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