New Delhi: Country's second largest software firm Infosys on Tuesday said it plans to hire close to 2,000 people in the US by the end of this year. "Infosys hired 1,200 people in the US in 2011, and has already added more than 1,000 employees in the country this year. Total US recruitment is expected to be close to 2,000 by the end of 2012," Infosys said in a statement.
Over the past months, anti-outsourcing campaign against Indian technology companies has gained momentum in the US and the European Union - main markets for domestic software and IT service companies.
Politicians and governments in these countries have been objecting to offshoring of work by their companies to countries like India so as to retain jobs back home. Industry experts have called such criticism a political rhetoric.
Most Indian technology companies have been consistently hiring more and more in the western countries over the past few years to blunt the criticism of 'taking away' jobs.
Infosys has also announced expansion of its US operations by setting up a new 125-seater centre in Wisconsin to provide end-to-end technology, consulting and systems integration services. The centre will also house a training center.
With this, Infosys now has 18 facilities in the US and is reflective of the commitment it has to local job creation, Infosys said.
The centre in Wisconsin is a part of Infosys' engagement with American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson.
Infosys provides a range of technology services including applications management, infrastructure support and hosting services.
The new Wisconsin delivery center initially will house 125 seats, including the positions expected to migrate from Harley-Davidson, Infosys said.
"It is critical for Infosys to create global hubs of talent, and the Midwest is a key region with a number of our important clients," Infosys Head (Americas) and Member of Board Ashok Vemuri said.
The new Wisconsin delivery center will be operational later this year. Infosys also plans to expand this site in the near future, establishing centers of excellence for specific domain and technology areas.
Infosys plans to hire 35,000 people globally this fiscal, including 13,000 for its BPO operations.