Infosys to hire 10,000 Americans, set up 4 tech hubs in U.S

IT firm Infosys will hire 10,000 Americans in the next two years and open four centres in the U.S in a bid to woo the Trump administration, which has been critical of outsourcing firms for unfairly taking jobs away from US workers.

The first of the four innovation centres for new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will open in August in Indiana, the home state of U.S Vice President Mike Pence.

“Infosys is committed to hiring 10,000 American technology workers over the next two years to help invent and deliver the digital futures for our clients in the United States,” said Vishal Sikka, chief executive officer, Infosys, said in a statement.

Infosys, which employs about 2,00,000 people globally, will expand its local hiring in the U.S as it battles visa curbs imposed by the Trump administration that has made sending engineers to the U.S costly.

The move would also mean increase in labour costs for the company in the U.S.

The location of the other three centres will be decided over the next few months. These hubs will not only train people on technology and innovation but also help in working closely with clients in key industries like financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and energy.

The North American market accounted for over 60 per cent of Infosys’ USD 10.2 billion revenue in the 2016-17 fiscal.

Sikka, however, said these steps were not being taken just to mitigate the impact of stricter visa norms in the U.S.

He said over the last three years, there has been an increase in the use of new technologies like AI and virtual reality and even the traditional projects are becoming highly automated.

“As work becomes more next-gen, you need a more healthier mix of global and local talent and so you need to re-think the traditional, what has historically been called ‘global delivery model’, and bring in a lot more talent locally,” he added.

(Agencies)

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