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Indian IT Industry Has Been Exploiting Freshers For The Last 10 Years: Mohandas Pai


India’s IT sector might have created plenty of value for founders and shareholders, and helped put the country on the global software map, but there’s an important stakeholder that might’ve been ignored — freshers.

The Indian IT industry has been exploiting freshers for a decade, former Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai has said. “The IT industry has been exploiting freshers for the last ten years. There has been no increase in compensation, freshers are being paid the same Rs 3.5 – 3.8 lakh which the companies were paying in 2008-09,” he told Business Today.

“(IT companies) have 13-14 per cent increase in revenue due to rupee depreciation. These companies are making good money and they are paying senior people very high salaries. Why not pay the junior people too?” he asked.

 “If any sacrifices need to be made, senior people should make them,” he continued. “How can a senior person take a hike in salary when you aren’t paying juniors more? Treat them like human beings, not like midgets.”

Pai’s comments come at at time when IT companies including TCS, Wipro and Infosys have hiked the pay for their top executives. TCS had raised CEO Rajesh Gopinathan’s salary by 27% to Rs. 26 crore, while Infosys had raised the salary of CEO Salil Parekh by 88% to Rs. 79 crore. The freshers at these companies, on the other hand, continue making between Rs. 20,000-Rs. 30,000 in their first year, nearly the same amount of money they’d been making a decade ago.

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