This Article is From Aug 04, 2017

Cognizant Headcounts Drop By Over 4,000 In June Quarter

Cognizant's annualised attrition rate stood at 23.6 per cent, including BPO and trainees, during the June quarter.

Cognizant Headcounts Drop By Over 4,000 In June Quarter

Cognizant had extended a "voluntary separation incentive" to some of its top-level executives in May.

Highlights

  • Cognizant's headcounts has dropped by 4,400 in June quarter
  • Cognizant had a headcount of 2,56,800 people in June quarter
  • Its annualised attrition rate stood at 23.6% in June quarter

New Delhi: US-based IT firm Cognizant saw its headcount coming down by 4,400 people during the June quarter, resulting from "performance evaluations" and "voluntary separation programme".

Cognizant, which has a majority of its workforce in India, had a headcount of 2,56,800 people in the June quarter.

This number stood at 2,61,200 employees at the end of March, 2017.

"Our attrition level was higher than normal given reductions resulting from performance evaluations and the voluntary separation programme," Cognizant CFO Karen McLoughlin said on an earnings call.

The annualised attrition rate stood at 23.6 per cent, including BPO and trainees, during the June quarter.

"While we will of course carefully manage headcount, we will continue to hire and invest in critical skills needed to grow our digital business. And we expect attrition to decline in the coming months," she said.

In May this year, Cognizant extended a "voluntary separation incentive" to some of its top-level executives, offering them up to nine months of salary.



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