With eye on future, Wipro staff recast gets underway

Wipro has started a three year exercise to become a leaner company, initiating its most ambitious reorganization effort since it started selling computers in 1981 and presaging similar moves in an industry that has been a prolific job-creator.

India’s third-largest software company employs 1.46 lakh employees and the aim, according to people familiar with the process, is to slim down by about a third without resorting to mass layoffs of the kind that IBM and Microsoft have effected this year.

“We are looking to become around 100,000-strong.This is the plan or ambition, but it depends on how effectively we can deploy automation,” said one of the sources.

“The pyramid structure will give way to an hour-glass kind of structure,” he said, indicating that Wipro wants a trim middle.

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