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iGate freezes hiring till Q3

Software firm iGate today said it has put a freeze on hiring till the third quarter of the current calendar year, when it expects a bounce-back in the global economy.

"We have frozen hiring. We will not hire till the economic condition improves which we expect to happen in the third quarter of the current calendar year," iGate CEO
Phaneesh Murthy said.

Besides, Murthy is optimistic that the offshoring companies would see some kind of recovery from the third quarter of 2009.

"(The) third quarter of the calendar year, I believe, will start seeing some kind of recovery for offshore companies," he said.

As of March 2009, iGate has 6,492 employees, a net reduction of 74 employees as compared to the same period last year.

"The company has not laid-off any employee and will not lay off either. We have a total employee strength of a little over 6,000 and out of that 1,200 are on the bench," Murthy said, adding, the reduction in headcount during the quarter was mainly because of attrition.

"We are cutting down on wasteful expenditure... We are focusing on non-traditional areas like travel, power and paper consumption, for streamlining our costs to beat the
recession," Murthy said.


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