Rakuten aims to increase its technology headcount as soon as possible by 2x in the country up to 600 but the Internet company of Japan is not yet seeing at any e-commerce spending in India, a top administrative claimed to the media.
Rakuten was claimed to be involved in an investment in Snapdeal, the e-commerce marketplace of India, after its takeover by larger competitor Flipkart fell off. “We do not consist of any plan on the investments in e-commerce platform of India. We still place India as a worldwide innovation and technology center for other services by Rakuten,” Executive Vice-President at Rakuten Group, Yasufumi Hirai, claimed to the media in an interview. Hirai is also the Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Information Officer of the group.
The India arm caters as an R & D center for the Japanese firm and is essential to most of its tactical initiatives, Hirai claimed. “We have 300 employees in Bengaluru onsite and we wish to increase that by 2x. The timeline is as soon as possible,” Hirai further claimed. Though, he further added, the firm is aware that discovering quality talent may take 12–18 Months. Developing in India is specifically significant as the firm looks for strong computer science talent as well as English skills, restricting its worker pool in Japan.
“I am pledged to developing the capacity here. We may encounter the challenges of inhabiting all those employees in one office. But that is a good difficulty to have. An optimistic issue!” The company is seeking talent with skills in cloud technologies, mobile development, and the capability to make large scale networks at a time when workers with those abilities are highly looked after by virtually each IT firm in the town.
But the firm thinks that as potential workers understand the worldwide scale of their job, they will be capable of attracting the talent it requires. The tradition at the center is also a trading point. “We do not place Rakuten India as an outsourcing site. Workers here are added in design and management as well as project planning,” Hirai claimed.###