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India's Infosys set to hire 1,000 U.S. workers in Arizona

By Sheetal Sukhija, Omaha News
22 Sep 2018, 23:49 GMT+10

BANGALORE, India - As part of its commitment to offer employment to 10,000 Americans by 2023, India's second-biggest software firm Infosys, has announced its latest recruitment drive in the U.S.

In an announcement on Friday, the IT firm which is headquartered in Bangalore, said that it is planning to hire 1,000 American workers for its operations in the U.S. state of Arizona.

 In its statement, Infosys announced, "We are hiring 1,000 American workers and opening our next technology-cum-innovation hub in the state of Arizona."

Infosys added, "We will hire graduates from the state's colleges, universities and local techies for the Arizona hub and train them through our curriculum for upskilling."

As part of its efforts to bridge the IT skill gap in the U.S., Infosys first unveiled its ambitious recruitment strategy in May 2017.  

The Indian IT major, which is Asia's second largest software services developer, announced that it would hire 10,000 Americans by the year 2023.

At the time, the company also committed to opening 4-5 technology-cum-innovation hubs across the U.S.

On Friday, Infosys pointed out in its statement, "We have hired 5,874 American workers till date as part of the commitment."

With its North American clients contributing about 60 percent of the company's software export revenue annually, Infosys has pointed out that its latest recruitment drive and the new Arizona hub further reinforce its commitment made last year.   

Accelerating American innovation

While unveiling its plans for its latest investment in the U.S., the $10.9-billion Indian IT major said that its new technology-cum-innovation hub in the state of Arizona was being launched to further its bid to accelerate innovation.

Infosys said that it was planning to further boost "innovation for American enterprise by tapping local talent and shrinking the IT skills gap in the marketplace."

Infosys President Ravi Kumar said in the company's statement, "We are excited to announce the expansion of our presence in Arizona and to hire 1,000 workers for technology jobs in the state." 

Explaining the company's plans, Kumar said, "This investment will strengthen our ability to deliver for our clients across Arizona and the southwest. The hub will enable us to expand the local workforce and help our clients compete in the rapidly digitizing global economy."

According to the company, its Arizona hub will focus on the development of autonomous technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), full-stack engineering, data science and cybersecurity.

Further, Infosys noted that its latest technology-cum-innovation hub in the U.S. will help the company develop cross-functional solutions to address business challenges in machine learning, artificial intelligence, user experience and advanced digital technologies, including big data and cloud.

Meanwhile, authorities in Arizona welcomed the announcement made by Infosys.

In a statement, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey lauded the IT behemoth for choosing the state as one of its tech-cum-innovation hubs across the U.S.

Ducey said in a statement, "The number of jobs Infosys is bringing to Arizona is fantastic news for our citizens, especially given the commitment the company makes to continual training and education in technology."

Separately, Sandra Watson, the Chief Executive of the Arizona Commerce Authority issued a statement commenting on the IT giant's announcement.

Watson said that selection of Arizona by the IT firm would "enhance the southwest state's reputation as a tech industry leader."

Adding, "The IT firm's operation will create high-value jobs and focus on advancing emerging technologies."

Boosting key markets

Currently, apart from its new hub in Arizona, Infosys has similar technology-cum-innovation hubs in Indianapolis, Indiana and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Further, the Indian IT firm has also announced an additional Technology and Innovation Hub in Hartford, Connecticut and a unique Design and Innovation Hub in Providence, Rhode Island.

In addition, Infosys Foundation U.S.A. has provided multiple grants for classroom technology, and computer science training to teachers and schools.

The company's initiative has so far, reached over 4.7 million students, 13,000 teachers and 21,000 schools across America.

Infosys has simultaneously also focussed on ramping up local hiring in other key markets apart from the U.S., including the U.K. and Australia.

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