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Sapient shows the door to 500 Indians
Girja Shankar Kaura
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 14
The global meltdown hitting the IT industry made its way into software major Sapientís offices with reports suggesting that the company had laid-off 500 of its employees at its Bangalore, Noida and Gurgaon offices.

According to information, the employees were laid off without any notice. In fact, reports suggest, armed guards were deployed around the offices yesterday and today and the sacked employees were not allowed to enter the premises.

As Sapient employs a large number of workers at the junior and trainee level, it could be this category of staffers who were handed the pink slips. In May last as well, the company had sacked 160 employees at the three centres.

Notably, Sapient employs about 6,000 people at its centres in India and the present round of sacking would mean that a workforce close to 10 per cent had been laid off. The last round of sacking had rounded off to almost four per cent.

While this time it used guards to prevent the employees from entering the premises, last time Sapient India managing director Sandeep Dhar had reportedly sent an email to employees to announce the sacking. Earlier, Sapient had sacked 345 and 545 employees in 2001 and 2002, respectively.

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