Asia In Brief Senior execs at India's big IT outsourcers are debating whether it is appropriate for their staff to take on additional paid work outside the company.
Wipro chair Rishand Premji set the ball rolling with the following tweet:
There is a lot of chatter about people moonlighting in the tech industry. This is cheating - plain and simple.
— Rishad Premji (@RishadPremji) August 20, 2022
That stance did not go down well, as many Indian techies argue a side hustle or second job hones and/or broadens their skills, theoretically making them more valuable employees. They like the extra cash, too.
Premji's tweet became quite the flashpoint. Tata Consultancy Services chief operating officer N Ganapathy Subramaniam labelled moonlighting an ethical issue and said the company will seek to create an employee culture that views extra gigs as producing short-term gain for long-term pain.
Mohandas Pai, a former director at Infosys and now chair of venture capital firm Aarin said moonlighting happens in part because young tech workers in India are underpaid and their wages have not risen substantially for a decade.
Pai also feels that the move to working from home has reduced tech workers' commute time by up to four hours, creating a resource that smart operators have figured out how to tap. But he also warned that some remote workers might be moonlighting while doing their day jobs, and that employers may ask workers to return to campus to ensure productivity.
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