Pune, November 2, 2020: The three-month notice period can get tedious when an employee is tempted to join a new company. In another scenario, many times a prospective employer hesitates to hire an employee knowing the person can’t join immediately or within 30 days, owing to his/her obligations to serve a 90 days notice period to the existing employer. The latter situation can be troublesome for many who are looking for a job switch and impact negatively.
A petition holding over 21,400 and counting signatures on Change.org demands a reduction in 90 days notice period at the IT and ITes industry calling it ‘cruel and creating a situation of bondage labour in India’ to 30 days for better productivity.
The petition spearheaded by Nikesh Jain writes to IT minister Sri Ravishankar Prasad, “I have served the software industry in leadership positions for many years now. I personally know of many cases where people were not even getting interview calls because of their long notice period. They had to resign without having any offer in hand just to make themselves eligible for interviews. Imagine the stress and anxiety these people would go through.”
“It is also causing huge productivity loss for the industry because when people are checked out how can they focus on work for 90 long days? The long notice period is not helping our startups ecosystem because they are not able to find the right talent quickly and at the same time employees are losing opportunities. The 90 days of the notice period is creating an artificial barrier for people to switch jobs,” he added.
The petition further states, “Indian IT industry mostly serves the US IT industry which has an “At will” employment policy. So there is no justification why Indian IT companies have 90 days as their notice period. The same companies who have 90 days as their notice period expect people to join in less than 30 days which is just not fair. It is also a breach of equal employment opportunity act where people with 90 days of notice period are not invited for interviews.”
Mr Minister, we humbly request you to look into this issue and bring down the notice period to 30 days which is more than enough to do a smooth transition. This will help the Indian IT industry achieve its potential, stated the petition.