BENGALURU: Infosys said it plans to hire 12,000 American workers over the next two years, bringing its hiring commitment in the country to 25,000 over five years.
In 2017, Infosys had committed to hiring 10,000 American workers over two years and exceeded that goal by creating 13,000 jobs in the U.S. to date, the company said.
“Infosys has been intensely focused on creating jobs in the U.S. for the past three years, and I am proud that 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 U.S. as the digital transformation journeys of our clients accelerate.”
Through this expanded commitment, Infosys said it will hire an additional 12,000 workers by 2022 across a variety of roles. The company said it will target experienced technology professionals as well as recent graduates from major universities, liberal arts colleges, and community colleges.
“Our commitment to creating 12,000 new American jobs comes at a critical moment as the COVID-19 pandemic has created economic turmoil,” said Ravi Kumar, President, Infosys. “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.”
In the past three years, Infosys has launched six Technology and Innovation Centers in the U.S. across Indiana, North Carolina, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Texas, and Arizona.
ET recently reported that IT services companies had more H-1B visas denied in the second quarter of FY20 as compared to product firms, in line with the trend seen in recent quarters. The denial rates for H-1B visas for initial employment were at 29% for the first two quarters of the year as per analysis of USCIS data by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP).
Visa denial rates have been consistently higher under the Trump administration, with denial rates under 13% till FY17.
The share of Indian services companies in the top ten H-1B employers has dropped in the last few years as they are trying to reduce their dependence on visas and are hiring more locally.