Moonlighting is a battle that the IT services business is fighting. The leading IT exporter from India, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, stated on Monday that dual employment goes against the company’s basic values and ethos in general.
Moonlighting, in our opinion, is unethical and goes against the overall ethos and core values of TCS. I’m speaking from the perspective of TCS, not the IT industry as a whole. Employees have been informed of this, according to chief human resources officer Milind Lakkad.
After a meal ordering and delivery website, moonlighting gained media attention, early in August, Swiggy permitted its employees to work on outside projects for pay or for free as long as they followed certain rules and limitations.
What is moonlighting?
Moonlighting is the term for the practice of working for one organization while concurrently taking on additional responsibilities and employment, usually without the employer’s knowledge. The term “side job” refers to a job that is often done after hours or on the weekends. When Americans started seeking second occupations in addition to their regular 9-to-5 work to support their income, the expression gained notoriety.
Is it ethical?
When it comes to moonlighting, the IT industry is divided. Some people think it’s unethical, while others think it’s necessary at the moment. Rishad Premji, the chairman of Wipro, is very clear about his position on this. There is a lot of discussion regarding people working second jobs in the IT sector. Simply put, this is cheating, as he had earlier tweeted.
Is moonlighting legal in India?
From a taxation standpoint, over-employment, also known as dual employment in India, is technically acceptable in the US and the UK. Although a second job in the UK may change a worker’s tax status, the first employer’s payroll department wouldn’t be specifically informed of this. In larger organizations, it would likely go unnoticed. Because it is based on the concepts of self-assessment and voluntary reporting, the US tax system is more straightforward.
In India, it’s legal to hold multiple jobs without breaching the law. Although many businesses include such limits in their employment agreements. Moreover, prohibits against holding down more than one job. Additionally, a person with a similar set of jobs could raise concerns about a violation of confidentiality.
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