No plans for large-scale layoffs: TCS issues clarification

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2015 11:00 IST

Country's largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has asked 2,574 employees to leave in the first nine months of this fiscal, while the total layoffs in the full year may exceed 3,000.

While terming these exits "involuntary attrition", TCS claimed it does not plan to initiate any large-scale layoffs of any section of its staff in any part of the organisation.

"The involuntary attrition for the nine months (April-December) of this year has been 2,574 employees, which represents 0.8% of the total employee strength," TCS said in a statement.

At the end of September 30, 2014, TCS had a total headcount of 3,13,757.

"The corresponding numbers for FY'14 and FY'13 were 2,203 and 2,132 respectively. The total involuntary attrition for the current fiscal year (ending March 31, 2015) will be around 1 per cent," it said.

On reports that the Mumbai-based firm was looking at a significant performance-related restructuring of workforce, TCS said it has reached out to its employees with the message that these are entirely false and baseless claims.

"There have been discussions on various social media forums about alleged large scale layoffs at TCS...we would like to place on record that TCS has not initiated, and is not planning to initiate any large scale exits of any section of its staff in any part of the organisation," it said.

Performance appraisal and associated processes are an integral part of the company's operations, TCS added.

TCS said it has been one of the largest job-creators of the country and it has "consistently" had the highest employee retention in the IT industry.

Last month, reports said TCS was looking at restructuring that would affect both onsite and offsite positions across various verticals, even as the company said it is on track to meet hiring target of 55,000 professionals this fiscal.

Most affected by the restructuring drive could be middle-to-senior level positions, sources had said, adding that some employees could be offered positions at vendors working with TCS.

The country's largest software exporter with over $13-billion annual turnover employs over 3 lakh people across 46 countries.

TCS is due to announce its financial results for the quarter ended December 2014 on Thursday (January 15).

In the September 2014 quarter, the company's headcount utilisation stood at 86.2%, excluding trainees, while the figure after including trainees was 81.3%.

The net addition stood at 8,326 employees during the quarter, while its attrition rate was 12.8%.

During the September quarter, TCS had also crossed the milestone of employing one lakh women professionals with a gender diversity ratio of 32.9%.

The company's net profit declined by 5.8% to Rs 5,244 crore in the September quarter of the current fiscal, while revenue rose by 7.7% to Rs 23,816 crore.

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