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IT firms tap freelancers to optimise staff costs amid Covid-19 crisis

Replacing part of contractual workforce with programmers, developers registered on online platforms such as GitHub, Topcoder

IT companies | Coronavirus | Lockdown

Sai Ishwar & Bibhu Ranjan Mishra  |  Mumbai | Bengaluru 

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Topcoder, owned by Wipro through its acquisition of US-based cloud services firm Appirio in 2016, hosts around a 1.6-million community of software developers

With increasing uncertainties, aggravated by the pandemic, over business demands, information-technology (IT) services firms are replacing part of their contractual workers (known as contractors in IT parlance) by freelance coders, or gig workers, crowdsourced from the marketplace.



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First Published: Mon, June 22 2020. 01:40 IST