IT’s Crisis: Frontline covers the story

The current (June 17, volume 34, Issue 12) issue of Frontline covers the current crisis in Indian IT sector with 8 articles. The links of the articles and their synopsis are given below.

A dream in decline

The spectre of large-scale job losses haunts the Indian IT services industry, which teeters on the brink of an existential crisis

Techies fight back

Notable among them are the left-wing New Democratic Labour Front (NDLF), which has constituted an IT Employees Wing, and the Forum for IT Employees (FITE), which drew its core from radical Tamil organisations.

Changing mindset

IT employees have stayed away from unionisation, considering themselves professionals and not workers. Now, in view of the increasing lay-offs, they are thinking differently.

Of uncomfortable truths
Interview: R. Chandrasekaran, NASSCOM

Losing steam
The lack of a robust global recovery since 2008, protectionist tendencies in the U.S. and the uncertainty surrounding offshoring are taking the sheen off India’s IT industry

Pain of separation
IT employees live in fear of the call from HR as obsolescence happens in the industry in the wink of an eye. Automation, artificial intelligence and the jump to mobile-based applications have had an impact on the downsizing of jobs, especially at support and lower levels.

‘IT collapse would shut paths to social mobility’
Interview with Carol Upadhya, Professor, School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Tipping point
Interview with Samir Sinha, founder, Robonomics AI, Sydney, Australia.

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    • Srinivasan on June 9, 2017 at 9:03 am
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    Ndlf working for IT employees,all must come together and form union to fight.They ready to arrange meeting we have to come and join so that they can assist us in LC or legal help.

    • Srinivasan on June 9, 2017 at 9:26 am
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    We need LC and legal assistant how to contact u for this.

    1. 9003198576

        • Srinivasan on June 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm
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        They asked me to resign for mce,I refused now they said yr case Wii be moved to compliance how to face that compliance team.

    • hariharan on June 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm
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    Very detailed coverage by Front Line. Points to note.

    – Current layoff not due to automation or AI. It is due to margin pressure of IT
    – Automation and AI will have huge impact in coming years. It will
    take over more than 50% of the jobs.
    – As no more huge work force to manage, the middle management roles will become irrelevant or drastically reduced.
    – Domain skills will be more valued because Automation and AI needs deeper understanding of the domain.

    – IT not going to be paradise for engineering students as it was. They need
    to look into something else if any!!!

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