Wipro Slashes Onboarding Salary By 50%, Employees’ Union Slams Move 

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Wipro Slashes Onboarding Salary By 50%, Employees’ Union Slams Move 

| Updated: February 22, 2023 12:44

Wipro’s move to cut salary offers to freshers awaiting onboarding by almost 50 per cent under one programme has been termed “unjust” and “unacceptable” by employees’ union NITES, which demanded that the IT company should reconsider its decision.

NITES (Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate) said it strongly condemns Wipro’s “unethical” move to reduce the salaries of employees awaiting joining from a package of 6.5 lakh per annum to 3.5 lakh per annum.

Wipro’s decision reflects the global macro-economic uncertainties and the challenges in the demand environment for tech companies, say market watchers.

The Bengaluru-headquartered IT services major, Wipro, recently reached out to candidates to whom it had earlier rolled out an offer of ₹ 6.5 lakh per annum (LPA), and asked them if an offer of ₹ 3.5 lakh in annual compensation would be acceptable to them, instead. These candidates were reportedly waiting to be onboarded.

NITES slammed the move, saying the decision is “unjust” and “goes against the principles of fairness and transparency”. NITES has demanded that the management reconsiders its decision and engages in meaningful dialogue with the union to find a mutually beneficial solution.

Wipro, in a recent communication to candidates who have successfully completed Velocity training programme, said: “Like others in our industry we continue to assess global economies and customer needs which factor into our hiring plans. We appreciate your commitment and patience as we try to identify joining opportunities for you.” 

Wipro went on to say that “currently we have certain project engineer roles available for recruitment with annual compensation of ₹ 3.5 lakh. We would like to offer all our Velocity graduates in FY23 batch an opportunity to opt for these roles.” 

“The decision to cut the salaries of the employees without prior consultation and negotiation is not only unjust but also goes against the principles of fairness and transparency. It is unacceptable that the burden of the company’s financial troubles is being placed solely on the shoulders of the employees,” stated Harpreet Singh Saluja, president, NITES.

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