President elect Donald Trump has made it clear that there will be consequences for any American company who moves their jobs outside of the United States. This declaration is an effort to make more jobs available to Americans and companies are already falling in line.
In a newspaper article at USA Today, IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty said about 6,000 of these new hires will occur in 2017. They said they will invest $1 billion on employee training and development overt then next four years.
“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, pointing out that many industries are being reshaped by changes in the industry. “Jobs are being created that demand new skills — which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting.”
Over the past several years, IBM has attempted to shift its strategy. It is now a major cloud player, racking up around $10.2 billion in cloud sales last year. It has poured millions of dollars into big data analytics, mobility and security.
IBM chairman Ginni Rometty spoke at a trade show on Tuesday, a day before meeting with Trump and said, “We have thousands of open positions at any given moment, and we intend to hire about 25,000 professionals in the next four years in the United States.”
The news of the IBM hiring spree came before a highly anticipated meeting Wednesday between President-elect Trump 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 recent reports.
Trump is expected to push these corporations 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.
However, Trump will be stepping into hostile territory. The tech sector supported the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during this year’s election and has expressed fear about the effect Trump’s policies will have on the industry as a whole.
H/T [Daily Mail]