Call it reverse outsourcing or local talent hunting, but high-tech Indian firms say they have been hiring Americans as part of their long-term growth strategy.
Officials at companies like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest outsourcing firm, and Wipro Technologies, another major Indian technology provider, say this has nothing to do with periodic outcries that Indians are taking away jobs from Americans.
Upwards of 10% of the workforce for Tata is non-Indian and play a variety of roles at the companies such as sales, consulting, IT services, marketing and communications.
I’m inclined to agree with their sentiment that it’s unrelated to the recent wave of negativity such as the Senate inquiry into the H1-B issues of late. I’ve worked with a handful of offshore development sites and it truly behooves these IT providers to have ‘local talent’ in this country. As one executive from Wipro recently put it, they “are better culturally assimilated to the local environment with a stronger market knowledge and local domain competence?.”