New York | Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services, a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, has been an industry leading job creator in the US IT services sector for the past five years, according to a recent study by The Cambridge Group. TCS was among the top two job creators, recruiting more than 12,500 US employees from 2012 to 2016, while it ranked first in terms of US employee growth during that period, at 57 percent.
Building on its over-40-year history in the US, TCS’s ranking in The Cambridge Group report reflects the company’s significant and on-going level of investment into the US economy. In fact, TCS has invested nearly $3 billion in the US over the past three years, in terms of employment, new innovation labs, extensive nationwide STEM education programmes, and academic partnerships and endowments.
“TCS is proud to be a significant employment and talent development force in the US,” said Surya Kant, president of North America, UK and Europe, TCS. “Our industry-leading US recruitment, advanced digital training of employees, and academic and STEM partnership programmes act as a key contributor to the US innovation economy, while also preparing the current and upcoming workforce with foundational skills needed for 21st century careers,” he added.
TCS expects recruitment of IT services professionals in the US in 2017 to remain on par or exceed prior years’ levels. It regularly has approximately 800-900 open positions – quarter to quarter – in locations from Texas, California and Ohio to North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York. Examples of specialised roles focused on digital business transformation include digital DevOps and agile software development engineers, digital user experience (UX) designers, cloud architects, and autonomous drone operators.
Over the past five years, TCS has steadily increased its relationships and recruitment from more than 75 US college campuses, for both undergraduate and master’s students. Its onsite activities include career fairs and onsite interviewing; TCS experts discussing specifics such as cloud, automation and artificial intelligence; and partnering with career centres to prepare students for interview processes. TCS also invites select students to nearby TCS facilities to host immersion days, engagement with leadership teams and recent campus hires, and tours of innovation labs. Students in additional colleges are virtually engaged in similar sessions via channels such as video interviewing and mentoring.
Recognising the challenge of finding enough qualified US talent, TCS has been a leading STEM education proponent for the past decade, creating highly scalable initiatives that will engage more than two million US students by 2022. It is a founding partner and the platform provider of Million Women Mentors, which so far has 1,856,000 pledges to mentor young women to succeed in STEM careers.
Its signature goIT programme teaches underprivileged students computer science, design and career skills, and is now active in 55 North American cities. Moreover, in 2017, TCS launched Ignite My Future in School, a first-of-its-kind campaign, partnering with Discovery Education to help transform the US educational system by embedding computational thinking and problem solving into core school subjects such as math, history, science and humanities.
Other TCS investments in the US business and academic arenas include the April 2017 ground breaking of ‘TCS Hall’ on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), following a $35 million grant to the academic institution 18 months ago. The new facility will enable TCS and CMU to conduct advanced joint research regarding cognitive computing and autonomous vehicles. TCS has also opened several new facilities, such as the Digital Reimagination Studio, in Santa Clara, California, in 2016 to foster rapid product prototyping, and its first US drones research lab in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2017, with plans for further office expansion across the US throughout 2017.
TCS was recognised in 2016-17 with numerous industry awards for its employment and STEM education practices. The company was named as one of The Civic 50’s most community-minded organisations in the world; was recognised as the Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the US; was certified as a top employer for three consecutive years; was recognised as one of the 50 Achievers Most Engaged Workplaces for four straight years; and won six Gold and Silver Stevies at the 2017 American Business Awards.