|WNS (HOLDINGS) LTD filed this Form 20-F on 05/16/2018|
UK Pension Scheme
Eligible employees in the UK contribute to a defined contribution pension scheme operated in the UK. The assets of the scheme are held separately from ours in an independently administered fund. The pension expense represents contributions payable to the fund by us. We contributed an aggregate of $0.7 million, $0.8 million, and $0.7 million in each of fiscal 2018, 2017 and 2016, respectively, to the UK Pension Scheme.
In accordance with Indian, the Philippines and Sri Lankan laws, we provide for gratuity liability pursuant to a defined benefit retirement plan covering all our employees in India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Our gratuity plan provides for a lump sum payment to eligible employees on retirement, death, incapacitation or on termination of employment (provided such employee has worked for at least five years with our company) which is computed on the basis of employees salary and length of service with us (subject to a maximum of approximately $30,689 per employee in India). In India, we provide the gratuity benefit through determined contributions pursuant to a non-participating annuity contract administered and managed by the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and Aviva Life Insurance Company Private Limited. Under this plan, the obligation to pay gratuity remains with us although LIC and Aviva Life Insurance Company Private Limited administer the plan. We contributed an aggregate of $1.1 million, $1.1 million and $0.9 million in fiscal 2018, 2017 and 2016, respectively, to LIC and Aviva Life Insurance Company Private Limited.
Our Sri Lanka subsidiary, Philippines subsidiary and one Indian subsidiary have unfunded gratuity obligations.
Our liability for compensated absences, which are expected to be utilized or settled within one year, is determined on an accrual basis for the carried forward unused vacation balances standing to the credit of each employee as at year-end and is charged to income in the year in which they accrue.
Our liability for compensated absences, which are expected to be utilized after one year is determined on the basis of an actuarial valuation using the projected unit credit method and is charged to income in the year in which they accrue.
C. Board Practices
Composition of the Board of Directors
Our Memorandum and Articles of Association provide that our Board of Directors consists of not less than three directors and such maximum number as our directors may determine from time to time. Our Board of Directors currently consists of nine directors. Each of Messrs. Dillon, Williams, Freeland, Vitale, Haviland and Menezes, Mrs. Karnad, and Ms. Gri satisfies the independence requirements of the NYSE rules.
All directors hold office until the expiry of their term of office, their resignation or removal from office for gross negligence or criminal conduct by a resolution of our shareholders or until they cease to be directors by virtue of any provision of law or they are disqualified by law from being directors or they become bankrupt or make any arrangement or composition with their creditors generally or they become of unsound mind. The term of office of the directors is divided into three classes:
Our directors for fiscal 2018 are classified as follows:
The appointments of Ms.Gri, Mr. Freeland and Mrs. Karnad will expire at the next annual general meeting, which we expect to hold in September 2018. Ms. Gri, Mr. Freeland and Mrs. Karnad have expressed their willingness to be re-elected and, accordingly, we propose to seek shareholders approval for their re-election at the next annual general meeting.