You are absolutely correct. I was Asok for a time and I survived the first round of layoffs in the company for that very reason...
Sadly, they were forced into a second round ... :-(
Oh well, at least I got to spend the summer studying for the FE exam (no work to do) and got paid for it.
Faizal, I would think that Asok will do anything to keep Alice from puching a hole in his skull. But really, Asok is the poor short-timer who is paranoid about losing his job at every turn and shakes with every assignment. Little does he know that in this day and age he is more likely to survive a round of layoffs due to his low salary and band, it is the supposedly 'tenured' employees that will be shown teh door.