Mangaluru Emerges as an IT Hub with Low Operational Costs and Talent Abundance

Mangaluru, historically known more for its port than its IT prowess, is now drawing significant attention from Information Technology companies seeking satellite offices. The combination of a strong talent pool from local engineering colleges, the city’s improved connectivity, lower operational costs, and an appealing quality of life have positioned it as an attractive alternative to India’s bustling metropolises. The Beyond Bengaluru initiative has played a fundamental role in this shift, advocating for IT expansion into tier-2 cities like Mangaluru.

One of the most notable newcomers to Mangaluru’s tech scene is Tech Mahindra, which has established a presence in the city for the last half year. Other companies are similarly taking note; a prominent UK-based audit, consulting, and tax firm is currently considering space for a new office in the area. These developments come on top of an existing base of major IT companies like Infosys, Mphasis, and Cognizant that have long operated within Mangaluru.

Murali Manohar, the former Infor India managing director, has emphasized that Mangaluru offers a distinct advantage in its lower attrition rates, which hover below 5%, starkly contrasting with the 18%-25% rates common in larger cities. Additionally, operational expenses in Mangaluru are approximately 20% lower than in metro areas, according to Mohammed Hanif, CTO of Novigo Solution.

Despite these benefits, challenges remain, such as the need for tier-1 office spaces of global standards and improved road connectivity to Bengaluru. Yet, the rapid increase of IT firms in Mangaluru—from 220 to 260 in the past year alone—signifies a growing confidence in the region’s potential as a technology hub.

FAQ

Why is Mangaluru gaining attention from IT companies?
Mangaluru is drawing attention due to its strong local talent pool, improved connectivity, lower operational costs, attractive quality of life, and advocacy from initiatives like Beyond Bengaluru to expand IT into tier-2 cities.

What are the benefits of setting up IT offices in Mangaluru?
Key benefits include lower attrition rates, which are under 5% compared to 18%-25% in larger cities, and operational expenses that are approximately 20% lower than in metro areas.

Which IT companies have recently established offices in Mangaluru?
Tech Mahindra has established a presence in Mangaluru over the past six months, and other major IT companies like Infosys, Mphasis, and Cognizant have long had operations there. A UK-based audit, consulting, and tax firm is also considering opening an office in the area.

What challenges does Mangaluru face in becoming a tech hub?
Challenges include a need for tier-1 office spaces that meet global standards and improved road connectivity to Bengaluru.

How has the IT industry grown in Mangaluru recently?
The number of IT firms in Mangaluru has increased from 220 to 260 in the past year, signaling growing confidence in its potential as a technology hub.

Definitions

Tier-2 City: A secondary city with a sizeable population but not as large or developed as a Tier-1 city, which includes major metropolises like Bengaluru.

Attrition Rate: The rate at which employees leave a company over a certain period. Low attrition rates are typically seen as advantageous because they imply stable employment.

Operational Costs: Expenses associated with running a company, including rent, utilities, salaries, and equipment.

Tier-1 Office Spaces: High-quality office accommodations that meet the needs and standards of leading global companies.

Related Links
For more information on the broader IT industry in India and related topics, you can visit the following links:
NASSCOM
Invest India
Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology

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