Indian outsourcing giant Infosys Ltd last week told its employees they could return to work from their desks, according to a memo viewed by Reuters that offers a warning sign that the service industry technology in the country, estimated at $ 190 billion, is getting back on track.
The Bengaluru-based IT services company has not recalled all employees to work, reflecting greater caution in the industry as Indian officials warn of the looming threat of a third wave of Covid infections. 19.
Still, after a devastating second wave of infections in May, the country’s daily figures are about a tenth of the peak, with infections falling to a four-month low on Tuesday.
Health experts have called on state governments and citizens not to let their guard down against Covid-19, saying a third wave is inevitable.
Other sectors such as aviation and manufacturing have had to recall some employees to sites, or remain fully closed as the pandemic has disrupted travel and many states have imposed closures to curb the increase in cases.
In its note, Infosys said the country’s security situation appears to be improving, with increasing vaccination coverage. Infosys did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment on the note.
The company said it had been operating in emergency mode for months, but noted that the situation in the country was now improving.
“We have received requests from certain accounts to allow their team members to work from the Infosys campuses. In addition, some of our employees have also requested to come back and start working from their desks, out of personal preference. “
After releasing the results last week, Infosys executives told analysts that around 99% of its staff work from home and the company will strive to get “more and more people to come to the office. “over the next two quarters.
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Focus on vaccination
The Union government has launched a campaign to vaccinate the country’s roughly 950 million adults by the end of the year. So far, around 9% of the adult population has been fully vaccinated with a mandatory second dose.
But after a catastrophic second wave in April and May that brought the death toll from a pandemic in India to more than 400,000, many companies are holding back and focusing on vaccinating more workers.
The country’s software services sector, which provides essential services to some of the world’s largest companies, including banks and retailers, struggled when the pandemic first hit the country last year.
Since then, thousands of tech workers have become comfortable working from home, and some industry officials privately say they are concerned about their ability to get workers back on site if and when the situation improves.
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Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, the country’s largest subcontractor, said earlier this month that it hopes to vaccinate all of its employees and their families by September.
“Recognizing that vaccination was our best bet for a quick return to normalcy, we embarked on a pan-Indian vaccination campaign which started in May,” said Managing Director Rajesh Gopinathan, adding that 70% of the staff at the The company had been fully or partially vaccinated so far.
Other companies such as Wipro have said they will wait until September to get staff back to work.