Infosys Ltd, an IT services firm based in India, is planning to hire 10,000 US workers within the new two years. They are also planning to open four technology centers in the United States, with the first being established in August in the home state of US Vice President Mike Pence, Indiana. This move comes as some Indian companies like Wipro Ltd, Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys itself have become political targets in America. They have been accused of bringing in foreigners on temporary visas in the US and replacing the jobs of US workers for servicing American clients.
President Donald Trump has told federal agencies to conduct a review of the H1-B visa program, one on which the IT service firms are heavily dependent. Their job is to basically advice large firms on tech problems and conduct a number of tasks on their behalf including high level programming to managing back-end computing systems. Following the visa review ordered by Trump, a number of Indian outsourcing firms did their recruiting in the US. However, Infosys remains the first one to actually provide numbers as well as a timeline for its recruitment plans. This move would indicate a huge increase in hiring within the US by Infosys.
The position of chief executive had been taken up by Vishal Sikka in 2014 and the company had said then that they would hire about 2,000 workers in the United States. He said that they had succeeding in achieving that goal and were now looking to hire more American workers in different fields such as big data, cloud and artificial intelligence. Sikka said that the trick was to bring in global talent and mix it with local talent for living in these competing times. He further assisted that the visa review had nothing to do with the timing of their decision. Ravi Kumar, the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, revealed that active talks had begun with Indiana back in February.
Sikka said that it was essential for them to cut back their reliance on visas and that’s exactly what they have been doing for the last two and a half years. The overall workforce Infosys has in the US is about 200,000 and the 10,000 US workers will only be a small part of it. While details about specific jobs were not provided by Infosys, the company did say that they would look for recent graduates from community colleges and universities and experienced tech professionals.
Kumar added that some of the jobs in Indiana were most likely to be filled by graduates of nearby universities such as Ball State and Notre Dame. He also said that these jobs would aid the company in saving its US clients in life sciences, pharmaceuticals and US manufacturing. The company didn’t reveal the location of the remaining three centers. Last month, it had been disclosed that Infosys was only sending in applications for 1,000 H1-B visas this year, even though it had applied for 6,500 in 2016 and 9,000 in 2015.