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Infosys employees to undergo certification for promotion
Priyanka Joshi in Mumbai | May 22, 2008 01:35 IST
In what will be the first such comprehensive exercise in the IT industry, all the 91,000-odd employees of
The certification programme, conducted every March, is now being extended across the board and will test the employees' domain expertise, and grade them accordingly to be eligible for promotion.
Nandita Gurjar, V-P and group head (HRD), Infosys [Get Quote], said: "We took a re-look at our performance structure, and decided that this year onwards, we will have various training certifications for our employees. Those who qualify for these certification benchmarks will be considered for higher and complex jobs."
The Bangalore-based IT firm also has a bottom performance plan, according to which the poor performers are given a chance to improve their skills. "But if we see no improvement, despite all measures, we will let go of the employees," said Gurjar.
She confirmed that some employees were asked to leave on these grounds, but declined to put a figure to it.
Incidentally, this calendar year, there were reports of IBM laying off 500 to 600 freshers, and working on ways to certify the skill levels of its employees.
Besides, 500 people were asked to resign from
Meanwhile, the perceived slowdown in the
She added, though, "if the
Of the 25,000-strong recruitment planned, 18,000 offers have already been made to engineering campuses. Typically, 70 to 75 per cent of the offers convert into recruitment. About 3,500 candidates are currently undergoing training at
The company is already investing about Rs 700 crore each year towards training its employees. TV Mohandas Pai, member of the board, Infosys says: "This year, there might be a 20 per cent rise in investment in educating and training employees."
The company is also hiring 145 employees from US college campuses and about 25 from
Infosys has recruited 15 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) graduates this financial year compared to 20 last year. The salaries range between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 17 lakh a year.
However, to prevent the poaching of IIM graduates by banks and financial institutions, these recruits will be primarily asked to handle sales where they are likely to get onsite placements and incentives like performance bonuses. Earlier, IIM graduates at Infosys were allocated functions like management, marketing and technology services.