Tamil Nadu, West Bengal & Rajasthan lead in MGNREGS employment generation

Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Rajasthan are the three states that have been the biggest beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, which promises 100 days of manual labor to anyone who is interested. Tamil Nadu generated 126.04 cr days of work under the scheme in the last four years, accounting for […]

JEE applicants falls by 12% in 3 years; IIT seats go vacant

The number of people appearing for the Joint Entrance Exam for admission to centrally funded engineering colleges continues to fall, with the latest numbers showing a year-on-year decline of 3.3%. JEE 2018 saw only 11.35 lakh students appear for the exam, compared to the 11.86 lakh that appeared for JEE 2017. The Joint Entrance Exam […]

Infosys to bring down on-site employee numbers going forward

IT services provider Infosys Ltd said it has largely exhausted the possibility of improving its profit margins by increasing employee utilization levels and will focus on bringing down on-site employee numbers to boost margins. The company reported an employee utilization level of 84.9% for the three months ended December — an all-time record — compared […]

India PSU employment declining 4.3% per year

The total number of people employed by various undertakings and companies controlled by the central government has been showing a decline of 4%-5% per year in recent years. According to numbers from the ministry of heavy industry and public enterprises, the total number of personnel in central public sector enterprises fell by 4.2% in 2015-16 […]

TeamLease buys 40% of education technology start-up Schoolguru

TeamLease Services, one of India’s largest staffing companies, said it has agreed to acquire 40% of Schoolguru Eduserve Private Limited, an Online Learning company that works with 18 Universities. Established in 2012, Schoolguru provides services to Indian Universities to help them deliver online courses for their students. It targets open universities or those that have […]

FITE says 11 cases against Tech Mahindra layoffs moved to courts

The Maharashtra unit of Forum for IT Employees said 13 disputes over forced resignations and  layoffs at IT organizations have been moved to the labor courts after failed mediation attempts by state labor authorities. 11 of the 13 cases were filed by employees of Tech Mahindra, and one each by those of Wipro and Vodafone, […]

IT companies using illegal tactics to force workers to resign: FITE

The Forum for IT Employees, arguably the IT workers rights organization with the largest number of well-wishers and supporters, accused IT companies of using illegal and unethical means to force their workers to submit their resignations. In a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the organization accused the companies of using harassment techniques that […]

Vishal Sikka says Infosys trying to retrain employees displaced by automation

Infosys Chief Executive Officer Vishal Sikka said his company was not overwhelmed by the problem of automation and that it is trying to retrain its staff displaced by automation. Sikka was responding to a question on ‘what happened to the 11,000 employees’ displaced by automation at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum at Dalian […]

Who’s responsible for IT job losses? Ask this recruiter

It’s become something of a fashion to complain about job losses in India’s big IT services firms. Companies like Infosys Ltd, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro and Cognizant employ over a million people in the country, and have been letting go off tens of thousands this year as they grapple with slowing growth and changing business […]

Cognizant says will layoff employees, close facilities this year

Cognizant, one of the largest employers in India, said it will let go off some of its employees and shut down some of its facilities as part of its ongoing shift away from traditional outsourcing to ‘digital transformation work’. The company said it is ‘accelerating its shift’ to ‘high value, digital transformation’ work, “while continuing […]

Cognizant layoffs may be heading to TN labour courts as FITE preps petitions

Forum for IT Employees or FITE — an organization that claims to speak for ordinary IT workers — said a group of employees of Cognizant Technology Solutions will approach the office of Labour Commissioner of Chennai today. “Affected CTS employees file petition to the Labour Commissioner in Chennai,” the organization said in a communication to […]

Bots cut Wipro employee strength by 12,000

A pioneering artificial intelligence program that started getting deployed around mid-2016 has helped Wipro Ltd reduce its employee numbers by 12,000 people, the company said in its recent quarterly update. “The HOLMES platform generated productivity worth over 12,000 people,” Saurabh Govil, head of human resources for the company, said. The statistic points to a stronger-than-expected […]

Indian IT industry facing layoffs as conditions worsen, warns Assocham

Indian IT companies are bound to see “some laying off” of their work force back home due to various negative forces impacting the industry, Assocham — an association of various industries — warned. “With the US tightening the norms for H-1B visas under the President Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ campaign, the Indian IT […]

After Cognizant, Wipro employees on edge as annual appraisal starts

Employees of Wipro Ltd are nervous as the information technology giant has kicked off its annual appraisal process this month. The first of the several reviews, known as L1 or level 1, has been completed, and at least some employees are feeling the pressure. “I’ve got to know that I have been marked as NI […]

Govt likely to intensify efforts to create All India Judicial Service

Despite setbacks and opposition from both state governments and the judiciary, the central government is not ready to give up the proposal to set up an all India service for recruitment of judges modeled on the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service. The idea was officially endorsed five years ago when a committee […]

FITE urges Cognizant employees not to submit resignations

Forum for IT Employees or FITE, a web-based IT workers’ collective, has urged employees of Cognizant Technology Solutions not to resign voluntarily if asked by the company’s human resources department. “If the employee resigns his/her job, a month’s salary or three months’ salary should be paid as specified in his/her offer letter. However, if the […]

DoT lifts freeze over BSNL’s 2016 JE exam, document verification starts

The Department of Telecom has lifted its freeze over the recruitment of 2,700 junior engineers into Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, India’s state-owned telecom operator. The results of the recruitment exam, conducted in September last year, were put on hold in December after the Department of Telecom received complaints about the conduct of the exam from several […]