Infosys released around 9,000 staffers in 2016

"We have been releasing about 2,000 people every quarter and also training them in special courses that will help them in their new assignments,� Shankar said.

Infosys released around 9,000 staffers in 2016

Infosys Human Resources Chief Krishnamurthy Shankar said the company has “released 8,000 to 9,000 employees” after its automation for lower-level roles.

Speaking at an event organised by the Bengaluru chapter of Global Shapers, an outfit backed by the World Economic Forum, Shankar said the staffers were provided with skill training and were now working on advanced assignments.

According to The Economic Times

report, Shankar said that automation will lead to a reduction in recruitment. “We have been releasing about 2,000 people every quarter and also training them in special courses that will help them in their new assignments,” Shankar said. He said the company had trained about 490 people in machine learning and the use of artificial intelligence.

However, the number of recruits by Infosys has been falling as reflection of automation as well as the result of the company not doing as well this fiscal as it expected. Infosys added 5,700 people in the first nine months of this fiscal, compared to about 17,000 in the same period last year. In the December quarter, Infosys' total employee strength actually declined -an extremely rare occurrence for India's No. 2 IT services company.

IT companies are increasing their reliance on automated services in a phased manner. Wipro’s global human resources head Saurabh Govil said 3,200 staffers “were released” to do some more innovative work, the English daily reported.