Infosys lifts opposition to employee part-time jobs • The Register

Indian tech-services giant Infosys CEO Salil Parekh has said employees will be allowed to take on outside jobs if they get the company’s approval – a reversal of the position taken a month ago when the company warned workers that this could lead to a “double job” in the disciplinary process.

Parekh read during the announcement of the company’s second quarter 2022 results [VIDEO] a carefully prepared written statement:

The CEO added that last year the company stopped employing employees who take on multiple jobs because of “confidentiality issues”.

Parekh also gave details of a several-year-old internal gig-finding platform called Accelerate — an option the company would like its employees to use in their free time for “learning opportunities.”

“Employees can look at what we call internal gig work — different projects outside of their main work,” Parekh said. “On a quarterly average, more than 4,000 people apply, and around 600 are selected.”

The CEO has not specified whether these “internal gigs” will be compensated financially in addition to the regular salary packages.

However, since early 2016, according to someone who has worked at Infosys, the platform has been promoted alongside training for those currently “on the bench” — getting paid while they wait for their next project. After completing an Accelerate task, employees are rewarded with feedback ratings, which can come in handy during evaluation periods.

The strict email discouraging undeclared work was sent in mid-September and seen by The registry was entitled “No Double Life”. It warned Infosys employees that “dual employment is not allowed” and could result in disciplinary action, including possible termination of employment.

Undeclared work has been a hot topic in India’s IT services industry since N Ganapathy Subramaniam, Chief Operating Officer of Tata Consultancy Services, described it as an ethical issue that is damaging to the culture and resulting in short-term gain for long-term pain.

And Wipro announced last month that it had laid off 300 employees for taking on extra work. Wipro CEO Rishad Premji called undeclared work “cheating, plain and simple” in a tweet that resulted in Premji receiving a large body of hate mail.

IT Labor Rights org Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) and others were quick to point out that when it comes to side jobs, it’s one rule for the elite – Premji sits on at least four boards according to his LinkedIn bio – and another for normal worker bees. ® Infosys lifts opposition to employee part-time jobs • The Register

Rick Schindler

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