Wipro has sacked 300 employees who were found moonlighting. Chairman Rishad Premji said there was no place for such people in the company. Moonlighting means taking up a 2nd job or multiple other work assignments apart from one’s full-time job. 

   

Wipro sacks 300 workers for moonlighting. What is it? 

WHAT?

Wipro has sacked 300 employees who were found moonlighting. Chairman Rishad Premji said that the company found 300 people working for rival companies in the last few months, adding that there was no place for such people in the company.

WHO?

The practice of working for other organisation while committing oneself to one’s primary workplace, typically without the employer's knowledge, is termed as 'moonlighting'. Companies have opposed the practice, saying that employees doing multiple jobs can impact their productivity.

Moonlighting has become a topic of debate in the IT industry as working from home became the normal norm during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is believed to have led to a rise in dual employment.

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Moonlighting has somewhat divided the Indian IT firm following Wipro's chief's remarks. Tata Consultancy Services' chief operating officer (CFO) NG Subramaniam has termed it an ethical issue, while Tech Mahindra CEO CP Gurnani said he could be open to the practice if it helps employees make extra money. He also hopes employees to be open and has warned them of committing fraud.