Information technology (IT) major Infosys plans to give a push to local hiring in the US by recruiting 12,000 people in the next two years.
The company said it will target experienced technology professionals and recent graduates from major universities, liberal arts, and community colleges to create a strong workforce as it looks to hire people for a variety of roles.
The new hirings will take the count of the company’s American workers in the US to 25,000 in five years since 2017, the company said. In 2017, it had made a commitment to hire 10,000 American workers over two years. It has exceeded that target by hiring 13,000 people, the company said. The new hiring of 12,000 people will take the total count to 25,000 by 2022.
“Infosys has been intensely focused on creating jobs in the US for the past three years, and I’m proud this new commitment to hire 12,000 American workers by 2022 expands on that previous initiative,” said Salil Parekh, CEO, Infosys. “We are excited to grow our presence in the US as the digital transformation journeys of our clients accelerate.”
Infosys will build a workforce for the 21st century by training and reskilling employees through programmes it has built with partners, like the recently launched Reskill and Restart platform.
“Our commitment to creating 12,000 new American jobs comes at a critical moment as the covid-19 pandemic has created economic turmoil,” Infosys president Ravi Kumar said. “We will bring a specific focus on building pathways for those who have been impacted by the economic downturn and look forward to bringing on board individuals without traditional four-year degrees.”
The company had 17,709 employees in the Americas at the end of 2019-20, up from 15,702 a year ago, with most of them being locals. The company’s total employee strength is about 2.4 lakh.