Wipro opens new centers in California, Michigan, hiring workers in US


NEW YORK: Indian IT firm Wipro has opened two new centers in California and Michigan, and is hiring aggressively in the United States, with the goal to have local workers comprise more than half of its workforce by June, 2017.

The Mountain View, California center is a hub for next- generation technology and collaboration and will help in creating relevant advanced offerings for customers in the US, ” Wipro CEO and Member of the Board Abidali Z Neemuchwala told reporters in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.

The centre in Michigan offers engineering services to its automotive customers and is predominantly staffed with talent from the local community in the Detroit region, Neemuchwala said, reported PTI.

Wipro is following the same strategy as that of TCS and Infosys to counter the upcoming H-1B visa restrictions, as announced by President Donald Trump through an executive order earlier this month.

“Our focus on localization continues in all the key markets,” said Neemuchwala. “In Q1, we expect to have more than 50 per cent of employees to be locals in our biggest market, which is the US.”

He added that Wipro has been investing significantly in the US towards increased hiring, setting up of delivery centers and sustainability initiatives, especially in the area of education

The Americas region accounted for over 54 per cent of Wipro’s $7.7 billion revenue in 2016-17.



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