An India-based tech outsourcing company has just announced plans to hire American workers; and want to do so in the state of Indiana. Information technology firm Infosys typically outsources lower cost foreign workers to US-based companies, but on Tuesday the company said they will hire roughly 10,000 American workers over the span of the next two years.
The company has also announced plans to set up at least four new technology and innovation hubs in the United States. The first of these is set to open in the state of Indiana in August of 2017. This hub is expected to create at least 2,000 jobs by the year 2021.
“Infosys is committed to hiring 10,000 American technology workers over the next two years to help invent and deliver the digital futures for our clients in the US,” explains Infosys Chief Executive Officer Vishal Sikka.
Now, this move is important for Infosys as this is one of the many Indian companies criticized for hiring Indian engineers on H-1B visas and then outsourcing their lower cost labor to US firms.
Sikka goes on to say, “The local presence is important, being there is a huge part of being ale to be a trusted partner with a business. It is a part of a generation shift in the company’s evolution that we do more and more local hires.”
In response to the move, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb comments, “It’s so good to welcome Infosys to Indiana, and to expand our growing tech ecosystem with the addition of their estimated 2,000 Hoosier jobs.”
The state will offer the company upwards of $31 million in economic development incentives, while Infosys will invest at least $8.7 million to establish these operations within the Indianapolis metro area. In that region, the company will lease and/or equip at least 60,000 square feet of office space. Furthermore, the company is also considering multiple office options and has mentioned at finalizing a lease to begin renovations as early as this month.
Governor Holcomb goes on to say, “Our higher education institutions are producing a world-class workforce, establishing Indiana as the innovation hub of the Midwest. I look forward to working with Infosys to elevate Indiana to the next level.”