1. Trump’s White House cheers ‘political victory’ as Infosys says 10,000 US hirings is ‘natural evolution’

Trump’s White House cheers ‘political victory’ as Infosys says 10,000 US hirings is ‘natural evolution’

Even as Infosys plans to hire 10,000 people in the US to counter the impact of impending restriction on H1B visas and to adapt to the rapidly changing technology landscape, the Donald Trump administration is already terming this as their political victory.

By: | Updated: May 3, 2017 6:22 PM
“We’re glad to see companies like Infosys see opportunity in the American economy again,” Ninio Fetalvo, a White House spokesman, said in a statement to The Washington Post.

Even as India’s bellwether information technology firm Infosys plans to hire 10,000 people in the US to counter the impact of impending restriction on H1B visas and to adapt to the rapidly changing technology landscape, the Donald Trump administration is already taking political credit in successfully forcing Indian IT firms’ hands into creating jobs in the host country.

“We’re glad to see companies like Infosys see opportunity in the American economy again,” Ninio Fetalvo, a White House spokesman, said in a statement to The Washington Post. The White House termed Infosys’ announcement on hiring 10,000 local workers a political victory for the Trump administration, adding that Infosys’ proposed move is evidence of renewed investment in the US due to Trump administration’s ‘pro-growth economy agenda’. However, Infosys maintained that its announcement was a “natural evolution” of the company’s work in the US, even though the company will reportedly receive a large tax break for its expansion into Indiana.

“As work becomes more next-gen, you need a more healthier mix of global and local talent and so, you need to re-think the traditional, what has historically been called ‘global delivery model’ and bring in a lot more talent locally,” Infosys Chief Executive Officer Vishal Sikka said in a statement.

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Sikka said that Infosys is not taking these steps just to mitigate the impact of stricter visa norms in the US, but also to build a pedigree of developing futuristic technology-led tools and products, which ease the clients’ work by automating routine tasks. Over the last three years, there has been an increase in the use of new technologies like AI and virtual reality and even the traditional projects are becoming highly automated, he added.

Earlier yesterday, Infosys announced that it will hire about 10,000 employees in the US over the next two years in addition to opening four technology and innovation hubs there, in an effort to tide over the impending H-1B visa restriction issues. Infosys’ first hub will open in Indiana in August this year and will create 2,000 jobs for US locals by the year 2021. The location of the other three hubs will be decided over the next few months.

Indian stakeholders ranging from the top government functionaries to private citizens have raised voices against the United States’ publicly proposed plans to curb H-1B visa allotments to information technology professionals from India. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had taken up the issue at the highest levels with their US counterparts highlighting the contribution of Indian companies and professionals to the US.

  1. Rahul R
    May 3, 2017 at 11:56 pm
    H1b is more of an race/ego issue rather than an actual issue. Trump is doing enough to address the same. Make aggressive statements...as there is no problem except perceived..nothing in realty will be fixed. Now the supporters are happy. After few days announce its fixed now....supporters are happy and more claps. Ego is satisfied now. Looks like Infosys understood that..now playing by tunes of Trump. Just follow Trump in this footsteps and make announcements to please the mob...
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    1. Jake Leone
      May 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm
      You know for 16 years, neither the Bush Administration, and the Obama Administration, never told the truth about how the H-1b visas was being used. (mostly used by Offs Outsourcing compaies, to remove jobs from the Unites States). Then Trump signs and executive order asking for a review of the policies for determining whether an occupation is eligible for an H-1b visa. For example, if the programming job could be done by a person with a 2-year degree, why do we allow companies to waste H-1b visas on those kinds of ordinary tech jobs? And now, suddenly InfoSys, a company with an internal policy to never hire an American if they can bring a person in an H-1b visa, says (and it is all lip service at this point) we are going to hire 10,000 Americans. I mean, come on, can't you see the big phony? This is exactly the case when during a revolution the current regime is so corrupt all you need do is kick down the door.
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      1. Rahul R
        May 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm
        Because they were matured and hardly there was a need to convince the uninformed mob. By the way Indian outsourcing firms are highest when compared to Top 10. But when you look at Top 30 or overall its US IT companies that sponsor more H1Bs. When you tie yourself in only unidirectional reporting that you want to see...yes its phony. In fact everything on the planet looks phony...bread, cars, air, water...everything is phony...because I want to feel that way and don't want to look at facts.
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