Infosys, which is based in India, has disclosed that in the coming two years it will hire approximately 10,000 U.S. workers. The information technology services firm will also put up technology centers numbering four in the U.S. To begin with, the first technology center will be opened in three months in the state of Indiana.
“Building talent pools that define the future of America is what we want to do,” the president of Infosys Ravi Kumar S. said while in Indiana.
In the line of fire
The development comes in the wake of IT service firms such as Infosys, Wipro Ltd and Tata Consultancy Services coming under fire from U.S. President Donald Trump who has accused them of hiring foreigners to service their clients in the United States at the expense of U.S. citizens. Trump has consequently ordered federal agencies to conduct a review of the H1-B Visa scheme which the IT service firms rely on in order to bring in foreign talent.
Other outsourcing firms that originate from India have also hired U.S. citizens though Infosys has scored a first by offering a concrete number of intended hires as well as the timeline in which it hopes to meet the targets.
Fresh and experienced tech workers
The move by Infosys would see a big rise in the number of employees it has hired in the United States. Three years ago, the company made a commitment to hire 2,000 U.S. workers. According to the chief executive of Infosys, Vishal Sikka, that goal has been achieved and now the firm wanted to ramp up hiring in emerging fields such as big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. While Infosys did not offer specifics on the kind of jobs that would be offered in the United States, the company said it would be hiring recent graduates from community colleges as well as tech professionals.
At the technology center in the state of Indiana, for instance, some of the hires are expected to be from local universities including Ball State and Notre Dame. The Indiana technology center will be offering services to U.S. clients in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.
In the last few years the number of H-1B visas that Infosys has been applying for has been gradually going down. In 2015 it was 9,000 visas and 6,500 in 2016. This year it is understood that the IT services firm has only applied for less than 1000 H-1B visas. Worldwide, the overall workforce of Infosys is more than 200,000.