Global software major Infosys fires non-performing techies


Bengaluru, Nov 5 (IANS): Global software major Infosys has terminated the services of non-performing employees at multiple levels as part of its involuntary attrition, a company source said on Tuesday.

"As a high performance organisation, involuntary attrition is integral to normal course of business and this (sacking) should not be interpreted as any mass trimming across any level in particular," said the city-based IT behemoth in an e-mail to IANS here.

The company, however, did not disclose how many such employees were fired in the recent past.

Terming a media report on involuntary attrition speculative with unofficial numbers (data points), the source clarified that the company was not laying off thousands of its employees at multiple levels.

"The media report is a mere speculation and sensationalisation with wrong data points, which the company never shared," the source asserted.

Involuntary attrition, a jargon used by the companies for firing or sacking employees for not measuring up to its expectations or high standards of performance, has been taking place at the company over a few quarters.

"This is not laying off, if you don't perform for two years or two quarters or whatever then you are asked to go, it's a performance related thing," the source pointed out.

Infosys rival, Wipro, also based in this tech hub, regularly discloses quarterly in its employment metrics the number of software engineers who resign on their own for various reasons and those who are asked to quit when they are found non-performing.

"We don't hand over pink slips to our employees. We can't share the data as they are internal processes. We don't tell our people you are redundant and hence can leave tomorrow," affirmed the source.

Unlike other firms the world over, the $11-billion Infosys gives its non-performing techies sufficient time to shape up before being asked to go.

Clarifying that disruptive technologies were not factored in assessing the performance of its geeks, the source said "it is a cool narrative but that is not what it is."

The outsourcing firm's consolidated attrition rate on an annualized basis declined marginally to 21.7 per cent for the second quarter (July-September) of this fiscal (2019-20) from 23.4 per cent a quarter ago and 22.2 per cent a year ago.

The company sequentially added 7,457 techies in the quarter under review (Q2) and a whopping 18,747 employees on a yearly basis from the same period a year ago.

The company's headcount is 236,486 as against 229,029 a quarter ago and 217,739 a year ago.

Coming as it does, Infosys joins US-based NRI-promoted Cognizant which reportedly decided to fire about 7,000 jobs and shun content moderation business.

 

  

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  • VAS, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    We wished this would be possible in case of Ministers....

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  • Aam Aadmi, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Now all these fired techies will be busy on internet blaming Congress party and primarily Nehru for their situation. Amazed at the level of brainwashing done by BJP. Great job IT Cell.

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Software companies have become places of death and despair. First their staff either commit suicide or kill their spouses. Recently even children of the staff have started committing suicide. Now, when the companies want to reduce the cost, they fire their employees by tagging them as non-performing. This tag is really brutal on their professional career and social status.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    True, tagging sr employees as non performing will give a severe dent to their morale & self confidence!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Recently some whistle blowers had made allegations against the top management for malpractices and the and the matter is under investigation both in India &USA, also class action suits have been filed in US by shareholders!
    Normally, this co doesn't give declare detailed nos of employees to be sliced; but this news of some top executives being shown the door coming immediately after the above development comes as a surprise!!
    BTW, most IT cos are heavily trimming fat due to recession, other factors, disruptive technology, AI, etc.

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  • chris, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Is it firing non-performing techies for not doing their job or recession. So still now they were performing and all of a sudden they become non-Performing.

    What about our so called Politician/MLA/MP who are not doing anything apart from enjoying tax payer money when they will be fired better this should be applied to them also

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Is it a coincidence that this mass axing is taking place after a few of it's employees, recently, blew the whistle of malpractice against Sr management??

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  • akil, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Non performing or due to India’s economy ? if non performing they should hire new employees right.. Modi and shah pressurizing for everyone. Everywhere fake.

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  • Af,,, MANGALORE

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Why only all the fun for private sector employees, what is evalution method for govt employees,
    is joining private sector is a curse or a mistake by qualifid techies.

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  • Roshan Madtha, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Non performance is the methods/ reason to remove seniors who are paid well they will be replaced with fresher's who are ready to work for peanuts.

    Think before you join multinational companies. When they release you no one will pick you due to age and experience.

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  • Ahmed, Ullal

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    This is what Abdul Kalam said "Love your job, not your company".

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi/udupi

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Do our small organisations can afford to pay high salary for hihly skilled and educated peoples? Option is join MNC. By the way where freshers should go for job if all old glued to their chairs.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Time to fire our non-performing Politicians ...

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  • Krishna Y T, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    we did in 2014 & 2019

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    The growth phase for the Indian IT companies is essentially over.

    With the advancing technologies, and cloud facilities, many large companies world over need fewer IT employees. These fewer IT employees have abilities at a dozen technologies - as compared to the previous trend of specialising in one--two skills.

    So, worse is yet to come.

    PS: India's merging of banks will mean some of the IT suppliers, including this one, are likely to lose 10-40% of the business in certain sectors.

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  • A A, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Time for IT ppl to learn pakoda making skills as backup job in current environment

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  • JL, Mangaluru Smart City

    Tue, Nov 5 2019

    Modi hai toh mumkin hai.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Tue, Nov 5 2019

    We wish this rule is applicable to our Politicians ...

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  • Satish, udupi

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    iss bar tho mei apke sath hu

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  • Krishna Y T, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    we did same in 2014 and 2019 general election......

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  • SBM, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    But again hired non performing MPs and MLAs

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