Hyderabad: Satyam Computer Services Ltd has seen a 20% reduction in its onsite staff strength in Australia to 800 employees, The Australian newspaper reported on Tuesday, quoting Venki Prathivadi, the software firm’s new country manager for Australia and New Zealand.
Satyam has also reduced the number of its offshore employees in India serving Australian clients to 500 from 700, Prathivadi told the paper. Mint could not independently verify the numbers as Satyam’s spokesperson in Hyderabad said needed more time to confirm the quotes attributed to Prathivadi.
Satyam had announced Prathivadi’s appointment as country manager for Australia and New Zealand on Monday.
The software firm’s overall onsite staff strength at end-September was 10,312, as per Satyam’s last reported numbers. Its total staff strength is estimated to have decreased to nearly 40,000 from around 48,000 at the start of the year, when founder B. Ramalinga Raju admitted to a Rs7,136 crore accounting fraud at the firm.
Satyam’s largest clients in Australia were the National Australia Bank Ltd, or NAB, and telecom company Telstra Corp.
After Raju’s confession, NAB put on hold any ramp up in contracts awarded to Satyam, while Telstra replaced Satyam with Electronic Data Systems Corp., or EDS, as its vendor for a $32 million outsourcing contract.
The Australian also reported that Satyam’s former Australia head, Deepak Nangia, who left the firm a month ago, has joined French outsourcing firm Cap Gemini SA as managing director of a newly created division.