Automation: Laid-off techies look for other jobs  

With as many as 56,000 IT employees to be shown the door reportedly and more to follow from several tech giants owing to automation, the laid-off techies are looking for other jobs.

Published: 12th August 2017 08:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 08:41 AM   |  A+A-

Tech Mahindra | Reuters File Photo

Tech Mahindra | Reuters File Photo

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HYDERABAD: With as many as 56,000 IT employees to be shown the door reportedly and more to follow from several tech giants owing to automation, the laid-off techies are looking for other job opportunities. Many have been up-skilling themselves to be more marketable for the challenging times to follow in the coming years where lay-offs are predicted to be worse than this year.For Ankit Kumar (name changed), a 34-year-old techie, worked with a city-based tech giant as a functional consultant until June when he was fired without any notice period owing to the cost optimisation drive in his office.

“I had a leg fracture because of which I had to take leave from the office. But they terminated me without any notice,” he said.  They gave me a three-month basic pay for my retrenchment without even giving any severance package, he alleged. He is now on a hunt for another job in the city and meeting his family needs through his savings.

“I was a project lead at Tech Mahindra for two years until last month when I was asked to go. Though I filed my petition with the labour commissioner, I got a job at Capgemini as a senior consultant with 30 per cent pay hike,” said a techie on condition of anonymity. Interestingly, some employees who have been warned for non-performance are on guard with a foresightedness to be technically skilled. Lohith, a city-based techie said that he was cross-training himself in selenium testing framework, an automation tool to deal with the future. “I am sure to leave the MNC I am working right now within five months from now landing in a start-up where my experience is valued for,” he said. 

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