IBM India joins chorus on moonlighting; calls it unethical

Global tech major IBM, which employs over a lakh individuals in India, on Wednesday termed moonlighting an unethical practice.Moonlighting, the practice of taking up secondary jobs after the regular work hours, has been highlighted by many tech companies of late.IBM’s managing director for India and South Asia, Sandip Patel said, at the time of joining, the company’s employees sign an agreement saying they will be working only for IBM.

“…notwithstanding what people can do in the rest of their time, it is not ethically right to do that (moonlighting),” Patel told reporters on the sidelines of a company event.Tech players in India are expressing varied opinions on moonlighting or side hustles, where an employee undertakes some other work for extra income.Wipro’s Chairman Rishad Premji had termed such behaviour by employees “cheating”.“You know Rishad’s position on this, right? I share Rishad’s position,” Patel said.