Infosys to reinstate wage hikes, promotions and hiring — will impact margins over the next six months

Infosys to reinstate wage hikes, promotions and hiring over the next three monthsIANS
  • Infosys gave its employees 100% variable pay over the last three months and restarted the promotion process for junior level employees.
  • Over the next three months, the promotions process will also come in for senior employees along with any salary hikes.
  • However, Infosys CFO Nilanjan Roy highlighted that the new measures are likely to impact margins in the second half of the current fiscal year.
  • Infosys plans to add 16,000 freshers to its roster during the current fiscal and another 15,000 next year.
Infosys has witnessed a stellar second quarter with a 16.2% jump in profits over the last three months. It’s rewarding its shareholders with an interim dividend of ₹12 per equity share and its reinstating wake hikes, promotions and other measures for employees.

The impact of these measures, some rolled out between July to September, could already be seen in the company's voluntary attrition rate at 7.8%. "Attrition has come down dramatically due to more employee engagement during COVID-19," said Infosys COO Pravin Rao during the second quarter earnings call.

Infosys added around 5,000 freshers and 2,500 new lateral hires to its rosters in the second quarter. According to Rao, the company is looking to add a total of 16,000 freshers overall during the current fiscal and another 15,000 next year.

Infosys attrition rate drops to 7.8%, the lowest it's been in at least the past three yearsCompany filings/BI India

Infosys rolls out incentives for employees
In the second quarter, it has already doled 100% variable pay. Infosys’ junior employees were also awarded a one-time special incentive over the last three months.

However, there is a flip side. These measures are likely to affect margins. “Going into the second half, some of these cost increases will now come back like wage hikes, promotions, hiring etc,” said Infosys CFO Nilanjan Roy.

Even so, the company has increased in annual margin guidance to between 23% to 24% and hiked the annual revenue guidance to between 2% to 3%.

Over the next three months, the salary increase process will be restarted for senior employees as well, effective from January 1, 2021.

“I’m thankful to all our employees for staying deeply to serve our clients. They’ve navigated their own challenges associated with the ongoing coronavirus situation,” said CEO Salil Parekh.

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