Worried over 20% attrition levels: HDFC Bank

HDFC Bank's attrition rate of around 20 per cent is making its top management anxious, Aditya Puri, managing director and chief executive at the country's second largest private sector lender, has said.

"The staff attrition rate is something that is worrying us as well and it ranges up to around 20 per cent," Puri told the shareholders at its annual general meeting over the weekend.

"If you keep giving executive directors no Esops, then you might see bigger attrition also," he quipped.

The bank, which has over 3,000 branches, has a total employee strength of over 69,000, Puri said, adding that 19 per cent of them are women.

It can be noted that the scheduled entry of new banks will create further demand for talent and industry watchers expect employees from aggressive, result-oriented lenders like HDFC Bank to be in much demand.

According to a recent media report, private sector lenders like HDFC Bank and its larger competitor ICICI Bank and IndusInd Bank are planning to give higher pay hikes to their employees to keep any poachers at bay.

The inducements will include a hike in the cash component as well as stock options for senior management, the reports said.

At the meeting, a slew of shareholders complained about poor customer service at its branches, which they themselves face.

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