Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT firm, has introduced new conditions for pay hikes and promotions, linking them to the company’s recent return-to-office mandate. The move comes as several IT firms, including Infosys and Wipro, shift towards a hybrid work model, signaling the end of the remote working era.

Variable Payouts Linked to Return-to-Office Policy

According to reports, TCS has decided to link variable payouts with its return-to-office policy. This means that employees’ performance evaluations for promotions and salary hikes will take into account their adherence to the office attendance requirements. Even freshers, who have completed assigned courses and are eligible for higher salaries, will be subject to these conditions, going beyond the standard annual compensation of Rs 3 lakh.

End of Work-From-Home Option

TCS has reportedly mandated that employees return to the office for all five working days, effectively ending the work-from-home option for specific teams. The directive specifies that employees must work from their designated offices instead of opting for locations closer to their residences. However, some employees are willing to forgo city allowances in exchange for increased flexibility. The HR department is said to be allowing limited work-from-home opportunities on a case-by-case basis.

Hybrid Work Policies Across IT Firms

The shift towards hybrid work policies is not unique to TCS. Several other IT firms, including Infosys and Wipro, have also announced similar measures. Infosys and Wipro have made it mandatory for employees to work from the office, signaling a departure from the remote working arrangements that became prevalent during the pandemic. Wipro, in particular, has introduced a mandatory hybrid work policy, requiring employees to be physically present in the office for a minimum of three days per week.

Verification and Independent Confirmation

While reports about TCS’s new conditions for pay hikes and promotions have circulated, Business Today has been unable to independently verify these claims. However, the industry trend towards adopting hybrid work models suggests a broader shift in work policies across IT firms.


The decision by TCS to link pay hikes and promotions to its return-to-office mandate reflects a broader trend in the IT industry towards transitioning to hybrid work models. As companies navigate the challenges and opportunities of remote and in-office work arrangements, it remains to be seen how employees will respond to these new conditions and whether they will impact overall productivity and employee satisfaction.

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