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End 3-months’ notice period, say IT employees; file petition

More than 28,000 IT employees have joined hands to protest against the practice of 3-months’ notice period in IT companies. These employees have signed an online petition, asking the Labor Ministry to end the practice of 3-months’ notice period. Most of the top IT companies such as TCS, Infosys, Tech Mahindra, HCL Technologies, Capgemini, Accenture and IBM require their employees to serve a notice period of 3 months before they could leave the company and join another one.

The online petition reads, “It is unrealistic for anyone to plan that far ahead for their future actions and resign in advance not knowing state of the issue in next three months.” The petition comes in the wake of poor increments and slow job growth in the IT sector. IT professionals say that the 3-months’ notice period prevents them from exploring better job opportunities.

From an IT company’s perspective, the 3-months’ notice period works as an employee retention tool. Often IT professionals work on billable projects, and if an employee leaves immediately, it would be a significant loss for the company and could adversely affect the project. The 3-months’ notice period provides adequate time to companies to find an alternative resource, so that projects and overall business are not affected.

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