May 10, 2017

Infosys to 'fire' many techies for 'non-performance'

BYPankaj Mishra

Infosys plans to soon “fire” an unspecified number of its techies for “non-performance”, over a week after announcing on May 2 that it would hire 10,000 Americans in the US, the global software major said on Wednesday.
“A continued low feedback on performance could lead to certain performance actions, including separation of an individual,” said the city-based company in a statement.
As a biennial exercise, the IT major’s management would make performance assessments of its employees, keeping in view the business goals set for individuals.
“Performance assessments are done with reference to the goals individuals have on business objectives and other strategic priorities,” asserted the company in the statement here.
Though the outsourcing firm declined to mention how many pink slips it would hand out, sources said they could be in hundreds at middle and senior levels, working in its development centres across the country and a few in its overseas offices or subsidiaries.
The proposed sacking by the troubled company follows similar layoff moves by rivals Wipro, TCS and Congnizant to right-size their human resources and reduce cost of operations in a tough environment, with disruptive technologies and declining IT spend by enterprises worldwide due to sluggish economy.
US-based Cognizant, with Indian promoters, last week announced a voluntary separation programme to some of its top-level executives, including directors, associate vice-presidents and senior vice-presidents with a “golden handshake”.
Rival Wipro too sacked about 600-700 employees during the fiscal 2016-17, ostensibly for non-performance or not rising to its expectations.
Infosys’ “hire and fire” policy comes months after a whopping 37,915 engineers left the company and its hiring plunged 65% in the last fiscal 2016-17, due to increasing automation and thrust on artificial intelligence in its operations and projects.
According to its employee metrics, though the company hired (gross addition) 44,235 techies in FY 2017, the exodus led to the net addition slump to 6,320 for the fiscal.
The net addition for the fourth quarter was 601, while it was negative or minus 66 in the third quarter and 661 in Q4 in 2016.
Hiring of laterals (seniors with 10 or more years of experience) also declined to 18,979 in the fiscal 2017) from 24,719 in FY 2016.
The company’s total headcount for FY 2017 increased 6,320 to 200,364 from 194,044 in FY 2016.

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Pankaj Mishra is a writer of FactorDaily.