Satyam may sack 7,500-8,000 non-billable staff from June

Satyam may sack 7,500-8,000 non-billable staff from June
PTI
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First Published: Sun, May 24 2009. 04 23 PM IST
Updated: Sun, May 24 2009. 04 23 PM IST
New Delhi: Satyam Computer is likely to sack most of its non-billable staff of up to 8,000 working in marketing, HR and administration wings, after Tech Mahindra takes charge of the company from 1 June.
A Satyam official said there is no doubt that there will be large-scale sacking mostly of the support and non-billable staff (other than hardcore software engineers) once Tech Mahindra (the new owner of the company) directors come on board from 1 June.
The surplus staff is about 10,000-12,000 and the ‘least painful´ ways of sacking is asking the bench, non-billable and support staff to go.
The company spokesperson, when contacted, said that at the moment these are mere speculations.
Sources also said the outsourcer may opt for “virtual pool” sacking method whereby the company would ask some of the staff to take 75% of its salary and take one-year off and look for a job elsewhere with the fragile assurance that they would be recalled, if required.
Tech Mahindra CEO Vineet Nayyar, who will also come on board of Satyam from June after it acquired fraud hit company last month, had said last week that Satyam has about 10,000 surplus staff and “we are looking at the least painful ways to tackle the problem.”
Satyam has already called back most of its onsite staff to avoid further costs and most of them may be asked to quit, said the official.
About 3,000 people are on the bench and there is a surplus manpower even in the R&D and engineering units, sources said.
Dwindling revenues are the primary reasons for Tech Mahindra to opt for such a cost-cutting measure, Tech Mahindra official said.
Kiran Karnik, chairman of Government-appointed board of Satyam, said revenues are falling and cost-cutting measures have to be taken up. But he had ruled out lay-offs.
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First Published: Sun, May 24 2009. 04 23 PM IST