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Wipro chairman Rishad Premji has called moonlighting in the tech industry “cheating”.

Wipro has terminated the services of 300 employees after they were found working for a rival firm while on the company’s payroll, its CEO, Rishad Premji, said on Wednesday. 

“The reality is that there are now people who work at Wipro who work directly for one of our competitors, and we’ve found 300 people over the last few months who are doing just that,” Premji while speaking at All Indian Management Association, National management convention.


Moonlighting allows an employee to work for a company in addition to a full-time job, and telecommuting has helped employees choose this option. India’s technology and software companies are divided on whether or not to allow their employees to work for other companies while on salary. 

Premji said on the sidelines of the event that their employment was terminated due to “Act of integrity violation”. The definition of moonlight secretly does another job. As part of the transparency, individuals can have honest and open conversations about playing in a group or “working on a project over the weekend,” he explained. 

“It’s an open conversation where the organization and the individual can make a joint choice as to whether or not this will work for them,” he said. 
Differentiating such cases from those where employees secretly work for competitors, Wipro’s chief executive explained, “Nobody has a place to work for both Wipro and competitor XYZ, and they would feel exactly the same if they were in the same situation.” 

“That’s what I meant… so I stand by what I said.” “I think it’s a breach of integrity when you light in that shape and form,” he said. “That’s what I wanted to say … so I stand by what I said … I think it’s a breach of integrity when you shine in that shape and form,” he said.

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