US technology giant IBM has said it will hire 25,000 people in the United States over the next four years, ahead of a meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and tech industry leaders.
About 6,000 of those appointments will be made in 2017, IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty wrote in opinion article published in USA Today.
IBM, which in recent years has restructured its activities, will invest $1billion 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 skills – which 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 today of the Republican property tycoon-turned-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.
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