IBM un­veils plan to hire 25,000 in US

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

US tech­nol­ogy gi­ant IBM said Tues­day it would hire 25,000 peo­ple in the coun­try over the next four years, a day be­fore Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump meets with tech in­dus­try lead­ers. About 6,000 of those hir­ings will oc­cur in 2017, IBM chief ex­ec­u­tive Ginni Rometty said in an opin­ion ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the news­pa­per USA To­day. IBM, which has un­der­taken in re­cent years a re­struc­tur­ing of its ac­tiv­i­ties, will in­vest $1 bil­lion on em­ployee train­ing and devel­op­ment in the next four years, said the IBM pres­i­dent, chair­man and CEO.

“We are hir­ing be­cause the na­ture of work is evolv­ing-and that is also why so many of these jobs re­main hard to fill,” Rometty said, not­ing that many in­dus­tries were be­ing re­shaped by data sci­ence and cloud com­put­ing. “Jobs are be­ing cre­ated that de­mand new skill­swhich in turn re­quires new ap­proaches to ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and re­cruit­ing,” she said. “This is not about white col­lar vs. blue col­lar jobs, but about the ‘new col­lar’ jobs that em­ploy­ers in many in­dus­tries de­mand, but which re­main largely un­filled.”

Rometty is a mem­ber of Trump’s Strate­gic and Pol­icy Fo­rum, a group of US business lead­ers fo­cused on boost­ing eco­nomic growth and jobs. The IBM jobs in­vest­ment news came be­fore the highly an­tic­i­pated meet­ing Wed­nes­day of the Repub­li­can prop­erty ty­coon­turned-next US pres­i­dent and the lead­ers of sev­eral ma­jor tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies. Among those ex­pected to at­tend are Amazon’s Jeff Be­zos, Ap­ple’s Tim Cook, Satya Nadella of Mi­crosoft, Larry Page of Al­pha­bet (Google) and Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, ac­cord­ing to US me­dia.

Trump is ex­pected to push them to cre­ate jobs af­ter say­ing last week that he would like Ap­ple-whose cov­eted iPhones are made in China-to open a large fac­tory in the United States. But he will be step­ping into hos­tile ter­ri­tory. The tech sec­tor over­whelm­ingly sup­ported the Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton dur­ing this year’s elec­tion cam­paign and has ex­pressed fear about the ef­fect Trump’s poli­cies will have on the in­dus­try. The sole no­table ex­cep­tion is the con­tro­ver­sial PayPal co-founder and early Face­book in­vestor Peter Thiel, cur­rently a mem­ber of Trump’s tran­si­tion team. —AFP

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