Infosys has allowed employees to take up ‘gig’ jobs on the side with the prior consent of managers provided such an engagement does not compete with the company, its clients or pose a conflict of interest
The company, in an internal communication to employees, detailed how staff can take up ‘gig’ work
Analysts say, the move may help the company to address some attrition challenges, since it allows employees to take up additional sources of earnings, and chase their tech passion, albeit with firm riders
It, however, did not define ‘gig’ work nor did it term it as ‘moonlighting’. The latest move comes at a time when debate around moonlighting has grabbed headlines.
Put simply, moonlighting refers to employees taking up side gigs to work on more than one job at a time
During the company’s Q2 earnings, Infosys had made it clear that the company does not support moonlighting and that it has fired employees who were into dual employment over the last 12 months
Infosys said that it is only natural that the company is supportive of employees taking up additional projects as appropriate in their personal time
Last month, Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji revealed that some 300 employees were fired as the IT services company had no place for any employee who chose to work directly with rivals while being on Wipro payrolls