Indian IT services giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced plans to hire more than 1,200 professionals in the state of Illinois over the next two years.
The Mumbai-based IT provider said it will accelerate tech training, launching a skill development program that should ease the talent shortage hampering hiring in the tech sector.
“We have already provided technology training to more than 700 students in Illinois alone,” TCS has said in a press release, adding that it would cover 25% more students and teachers over the next two years.
TCS is the second largest recruiter of IT services talent in the United States. More than 500 of its employees in Illinois were once trainees.
“In recent years, businesses in Illinois and across the US have grappled with disruptions —from the pandemic and inflation to supply chain issues and skyrocketing demand for talent,” said Suresh Muthuswami, TCS Chairman for North America.
TCS’s facility in Naperville, staffed with more than 3,000 professionals, is one of the company’s 30 large facilities in the US.
Most of India’s IT services providers are hiring locally for their American operations instead of bringing workers from Asia, after the H1B visa program became a politically sensitive issue during the Donald Trump administration.
TCS alone hired more than 20,000 Americans over the past five years.