Wipro flies back over 500 employees from US

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New Delhi: After Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys, Bengaluru-based software services major Wipro has chartered special flights to bring home more than 500 employees from the US, the UK and Australia whose visas have expired or are nearing expiry amid the current coronavirus-induced crisis. It is worth mentioning here that this comes nearly a week after Infosys similarly chartered a special flight to fly back 76 staff and their families—a total of 206 people—in the US.

Infosys associate vice-president Sanjeev Bode in a LinkedIn post had said: “Some of the Infosys employees were stranded in the US because of their visa expiration … Infosys came to their rescue. The company booked a chartered flight exclusively for over 200 employees and families from the US to India …”

TCS has also facilitated the return of approximately 500 employees from the US. Milind Lakkad, TCS global HR head, had said the overall repatriation is close to 900 people across different countries. Likewise, Tech Mahindra on Monday, chartered a special flight to fly home 210 employees and their dependants stranded in the US.

Saurabh Govil, Wipro’s president and chief human resources officer said: “A special flight carrying over 100 employees from New York landed in Bengaluru on Tuesday. We are also chartering flights to bring back our employees from London and Germany.”

He emphasised the company is working with Vande Bharat mission to bring back some of its staff too. “We bring back employees every quarter. But this time around, we had a backlog as flights weren’t operational,” Govil added.

Following the temporary suspension of new H-1B visas by the Trump administration, Govil mentioned that it would not create a major hindrance to its business in the US. “We have over 70% localisation in the US. We don’t see a big disruption or an impact right now,” the daily quoted him as saying. It has been reported that the Indian information technology (IT) services company has hired a lot of people with 2-3 years of experience in the US.

Wipro said the company will recruit from campuses this year, but refuses to divulge the numbers. “We have honoured all the offers made last year. However, onboarding will be staggered,” he added.

On Tuesday, Wipro posted a flat 0.11% year-on-year (YoY) growth in net profit at Rs 2,390.40 crore for the quarter ended June 30. In January this year, the company had said it would hire 12,000 from Indian campuses this fiscal. However, in these unprecedented COVID-19 times, the figures will depend on deals and project visibility.

Worth mentioning here is that Wipro founder Azim Premji and chairman Rishad Premji gave up profit linked commission for 2019-20 to show “solidarity” with the IT company’s team in facing the challenges of coronavirus outbreak.

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