A day before US President-elect Donald Trump meets tech industry leaders on Wednesday, IBM, a US-based technology giant announced has announced that it would hire 25,000 people in the country in the span of the next four years.
Of these hires, about 6,000 people will be hired next year, AFP quoted IBM Chief Ginni Rometty's statement to a local publication as saying. "We are hiring because the nature of the work is evolving- and that is also why so many of these jobs remain hard to fill," Rometty said.
Rometty further said: "Jobs are being created that demand new skills -- which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting. 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," AFP added.
Recently, IBM has undertaken restructuring of its activities and will reportedly invest about $1 billion on employee training and development over the next four years. According to IBM's annual report, the company has nearly 378,000 employees by the end of 2015.
The president-elect has formed an advisory council to consult him on job creation and Rometty and a dozen more US executives are on that panel, Reuters reported. IBM's investment comes at a time when the Republican Donald Trump will meet leaders and head of several major technology companies.
According to media reports, some of the tech bosses he will meet include Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook, Larry Page of Alphabet, Satya Nadella of Microsoft amongst others.