The new hires will be full-time jobs in the STEM fields

Software services firm Cognizant, which is currently facing allegations of having outsourced jobs for a U.S state government contract, announced, on Tuesday, that it would hire over 10,000 professionals in the U.S over the next three years.

The decision, which may potentially soothe concerns that the Indian IT industry is harming the American job market, will add to the company’s 29,000-employee U.S workforce.

Most of these new hires will be full-time jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. According to a company spokesperson, these will be local hires in the U.S including citizens, permanent residents and others currently in the U.S.

In September, a U.S citizen watchdog had alleged that Cognizant was outsourcing jobs for an Illinois state government contract, adding fuel to the currently raging legislative battle over Indian software services exporters and their effect on U.S technology jobs.

The New Jersey-based company has denied these allegations however, saying that “the allegation that the MMIS contract involves outsourcing state jobs to India is unfounded and misleading.”

“Cognizant is one of the largest STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) recruiters in the U.S. We are committed to supporting STEM activities, and, to meet our demand, expect to hire 10,000 professionals in the U.S. over the next three years,” Cognizant President Gordon Coburn, said, at an event organised in Texas on Monday. “Our U.S workforce now totals over 29,000. We work with many companies, helping them build stronger businesses, remain competitive, and contribute to the U.S innovation economy,” he added.

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