TCS, Infosys, Wipro: Can ex-Employees Work with Rivals?
The Indian IT sector employs over 51 lakh individuals as per a recent report by NASSCOM, with top companies like TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCLTech, and others
The employment contracts of these companies have ‘non-compete clauses’ and other restrictions that prevent employees from working with competition.
For instance, the Non-Compete agreement section of Infosys’ employment contract says,
I agree that for a period of six (6) months following the termination of my employment with Infosys for any reason, I will not:
1. Accept any offer of employment from any Customer.
2. Accept any offer of employment from a Named Competitor of Infosys.
For the purposes of this Non-Compete Agreement, "Named Competitor" shall mean the following entities and their wholly owned subsidiaries:
i. Tata Consultancy Services Limited
ii. Accenture Limited
iii. International Business Machines Corporation
iv. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation
v. Wipro Limited
Wipro’s employment contract also has similar non-compete clauses.
“Wipro cannot restrict an employee, post termination of their employment, from working with a competitor,” she said.