In India, why are most of the girls not getting a lay off? Only boys are getting lay off

This was a question that came from an online forum. Response from our editor, Mohan, follows

Thanks for asking this interesting question.

At the outset, it sounds like a fishing exercise to elicit comments from digerati, since none of us seem to have any hard-data about most” girls getting/not-getting laid-off .

Assuming this is a serious query based on some empirical observation one can try some sampling (ref: Participation of women in workforce in India fell 10 percent in the last decade, says study):
“Though there was a spurt in the number of working women in India during 2000-2005, increasing from 34 percent to 37 percent, the female labour force participation rate has reduced continuously thereafter and reached 27 percent in 2014, the study said citing World Bank data, of the period when India's economy was experiencing unprecedented growth.”
Let us assume a company employs 35% female workforce and decides to lay off 10% of the existing workforce. Let us also assume there i…

Indian IT union in Karnataka recognized, but companies say it will fizzle out

Earlier this summer, Forum For IT Employees (FITE) was getting a lot of media attention. This was during the peak of 'Indian IT Layoff' debates of 2017.

Now comes news that a state government in India is recognizing the "Karnataka State IT/ITeS Employees Union (KITU)"

Over the past decade, India’s information technology (IT) industry has seen multiple attempts to mobilise the workforce to form an active trade union. The efforts have finally yielded results, with Karnataka recognising the Karnataka State IT/ITeS Employees Union (KITU) as a workers’ body to protect their interests. The development comes at a time when the IT sector is facing its worst disruption in a decade. However, top executives have questioned the significance of a trade union in the sector.

In 2005, UNITES, a global trade union for IT workers affiliated to IBM, opened its Bengaluru office and looked to mobilise technology employees. However, the effort did not take off because soon after the financ…

What demonetization? Here are 10 things that you can still buy with ₹ 10 in 2017

A year after the Indian government's demonetization move, political and business leaders continue to debate its merits and benefits.  However, for the common man (and women), and middle-class, life still goes on with tens of rupees at a time.

At the current rate of exchange (1 $ = Rs 65) a tenner is a little over a dime (about 15 cents!), not something worth raising an eyebrow over. Before you scoff, huh, just ₹ 10 ... here are a few practical things you can get with a tenner.

#1 Nice hot Chilli-Bajji, wrapped in newspaper from a roadside vendor: Just what you need on a winter evening?

#2 Forget Ola or Uber, why not go greener and take a bus? A BMTC bus ticket for a 4 kilometer ride costs just ₹ 10 in 2017

#3 Live in a smog-hit metro ? (No, it is not just Delhi!) . You will need a disposable surgical mask ... get yours for about ₹ 10.

#4 A morning cuppa at a local tea-stall or coffee-bar, generally under 10 Rupees !

#5 And if you prefer to have the coffee at home

#6 : A quick bre…

Festival Deals and giveaways: Know anyone who won a bumper prize or a Car?

Festival season in India - including Diwali and Dussera - came and went. To promote the sales, many large retailers offered Cars,  Fridges and other luxury items

Festive season has gone but some of the adverts and banners continue to linger (picture Above and below, dated 8th Nov 2017)

If you have won a 'Bumper Prize', share your experience. The banners and display of cars raise questions:
Do you know anyone who won the 'Bumper Prize' or a Car?  Is this yet another marketing ploy by businesses to entice customers to buy?Worse yet, is this a large-scale scam to hoodwink consumers? Who verifies and audits the 'prize distribution' ? 

Layoffs at Infosys, Wipro ? Read beyond the headlines

Last week, the Indian media ran headlines announcing layoffs at top companies:

"Infosys, Wipro laid off 1% of its workforce in last six months" - Times NowIT firm's headcount drops by over 3k in 3 months - Deccan Herald 
One needs to read beyond the headline to understand the facts. It is customary for software service firms to announce headcount - number of people employed - any major changes during the quarter. During recent earnings announcements, the companies indicated: Wipro has reduced its head count by over 3,000 in the second quarter. The company, that had 1,66,790 people working under it at the end of June quarter, saw its workforce down by 3,031 (1.8%) to 1,63,759 at the end of the second quarter ended September 30, 2016.Infosys also indicated that in the first quarter, it had reduced its head count by 1,811 (0.9%) from 2,00,364 to 1,98,553 employees A reduction of 1.8% and 0.9% of workforce by IT majors should not be news. This seems to be normal percent of at…

Tata Tele companies planning exit plan for 5000 employees

The Tata Group informed the Indian government that it plans to shut Tata Teleservices (TTSL), according to reports. TTSL is preparing an exit plan for around 5,000 employees, which includes notice period of three to six months, severance packages, and Voluntary Retirement Scheme schemes (VRS) for senior employees. 

A small number of employees will get absorbed in other group companies, reports added.

Also in Economic Times: Lessons from Tata Tele shutdown: What to do when you are one of thousands suddenly without a job
The closure of Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL), the telecom unit of Tata Sons, will put thousands of its employees on the road. The Tata Group has informed the government that it plans to shut its wireless business, and will start the process in a month. There were 5,101 employees on its rolls as on March 31, 2017, as per the latest annual report.  Though TTSL is preparing an exit plan for most of its employees, which includes a notice of three to six months, severance …

IBM's employs 130,000 people in India

An interesting article in Deccan Herald (cross posted from New York Times) today highlights how it employs 1,30,000 people in India - about one-third of its total workforce, and more than it does in US.

Key highlights from the article:

IBM opened its first Indian offices in Mumbai and Delhi in 1951 is now spread across the country, including Bengaluru, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai.The company employs 130,000 people in India — about one-third of its total workforce, and more than in any other country.  IBM is unusual because it employs more people in a single foreign country than it does at home. The company’s employment in India has nearly doubled since 2007, even as its workforce in the US has shrunk through waves of layoffs and buyouts. IBM employs well under 1,00,000 people at its US offices, down from 1,30,000 in 2007. Depending on the job, the salaries paid to Indian workers are one-half to one-fifth of those paid to Americans, according to data posted by the research fir…