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NEW DELHI: India’s second largest IT firm Infosys It said on Tuesday that it plans to hire 12,000 American workers over the next two years, a commitment to hire more than 25,000 in five years in the country.
In 2017, Infosys committed to hiring 10,000 American workers over two years, and has created 13,000 jobs in the US to date.
“Through this extended commitment, Infosys will hire an additional 12,000 workers in various roles by 2022,” it said in a statement.
“The company will target experienced technology professionals as well as leading universities, liberal arts colleges and community colleges to create the best workforce for the future,” said Infosys.
The move comes at a time when the Donald Trump-led US administration has imposed several restrictions on work visas for H1B visa holders.
Earlier this year, Trump announced the suspension of the issuance of H-1B visas – popular among Indian IT professionals – as well as other foreign work visas for the rest of the year, for millions of those Americans For the purpose of helping those who have lost their jobs. Because of that Current economic crisis.
In August, some leeway was granted for individuals for whom entry into the US would be in the “national interest”, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designers.
North America is Infosys’ largest market with 61.5 percent of its revenue, followed by Europe (24 percent), Rest of the World (11.6 percent) and India (2.9 percent), as of June 30, 2020. .
Infosys had 2,39,233 employees at the end of the June 2020 quarter.
“Infosys CEO has focused on creating jobs in the US for the past three years, and I am proud that this new commitment to hiring 12,000 American workers by 2022 extends to that previous initiative,” Infosys CEO Salil parekh said.
Infosys president Ravi Kumar said the commitment to create 12,000 new American jobs “comes as a critical moment as the COVID-19 epidemic has caused economic turmoil”.
“As long as we continue to leverage our established university involvement to strengthen our talent pool, our recently launched Reskill and Restart platform will play a key role in our development as we fulfill this commitment .
“We will pay special attention to creating avenues for people affected by the economic downturn and look forward to bringing individuals on board without a traditional four-year degree,” he said.
He said that the workers left out of the digital economy will now have the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for a 21st century career.
Industry watchers say that when IT companies are registering their presence in the US and hiring local people to overcome visa-related challenges in the past few years, these issues are especially important in the election year Can continue during.
Infosys said in its statement on Tuesday, the company has launched six ‘technology and innovation centers’ in the US, Indiana, North Carolina, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Texas and Arizona in the past three years.
The centers are at the forefront of building leading digital capabilities and are training the next generation of IT talent to support American businesses in an increasingly digital future, it said.
“Infosys’ training and education infrastructure enabled the company to cultivate high-tech talent outside traditional tech hub geographies and provide new employees with new industries to transition from various industries and workplaces to digital and operational jobs Is allowed, “it added.
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