IBM's employs 130,000 people in India

An interesting article in Deccan Herald (cross posted from New York Times) today highlights how it employs 1,30,000 people in India - about one-third of its total workforce, and more than it does in US.

The new hub: The IBM offices at the Manyata Tech Park in Bengaluru. Over the past decade, IBM has shifted its centre of gravity halfway around the world to India, making it a high-tech example of the globalisation trends that the Trump administration has railed against. NYT

Key highlights from the article:

  • IBM opened its first Indian offices in Mumbai and Delhi in 1951 is now spread across the country, including Bengaluru, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai.
  • The company employs 130,000 people in India — about one-third of its total workforce, and more than in any other country.  
  • IBM is unusual because it employs more people in a single foreign country than it does at home. 
  • The company’s employment in India has nearly doubled since 2007, even as its workforce in the US has shrunk through waves of layoffs and buyouts. 
  • IBM employs well under 1,00,000 people at its US offices, down from 1,30,000 in 2007. 
  • Depending on the job, the salaries paid to Indian workers are one-half to one-fifth of those paid to Americans, according to data posted by the research firm Glassdoor.
  • After Trump won the election, IBM’s chief executive, Ginni Rometty, pledged to create 25,000 new US jobs. IBM declined to make Rometty or another top executive available for an interview. But the company noted that it is investing in the US, including committing $1 billion to training programmes and opening new offices.
A similar article appeared in New York Times recently "IBM Now Has More Employees in India Than in the U.S."


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