Donald Trump had made chill run down the spines of scores of people temporarily staying or aspiring to go the United States when he announced his take on immigration. The U.S. dream has indeed gone sour for those Indians who lived the U.S. dream.
A few days back Infosys announced that it will create more than 10,000 jobs for Americans. Now Cognizant Technology Solutions is relieving 6,000 Indians so that it can recruit people in the United States.
These moves, coupled with latest reports that majority of the people working in the IT sector may soon be redundant, raises alarm bells. After all, IT was India’s forte and many young professionals carried this beacon that they can make it big on a worldwide stage.
The company made no bones in stating that it will “ramp up” its U.S. based hiring.
“We are shifting our workforce largely in response to clients’ increasing need for co-innovation. But we still seek visas for highly-specialized and skilled talent…We expect to further reduce our need for these visas going forward. As part of our shift, we continue to expand our US delivery centers,” said Rajeev Mehta, President, Cognizant, apprising reporters of the latest developments.
Cognizant claimed that the latest lay-offs are not out of ordinary. The retrenchments follow the normal annual appraisal cycle.
Meanwhile, employees affected by the decision are seeking legal opinion.