Technology giant IBM made it public this Tuesday that they would be hiring 25,000 people in the United States over the next four years. This is just one day after their meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.
Six thousand of those new hires will be in 2017. The chief executive of IBM Ginni Rometty wrote an opinion article for USA Today talking about this new policy. Over the last few years IBM has been in the process of restructuring its activities. It will be investing $1 billion in employee training and development over the next four years too. This is what the President, Chairman and CEO said.
“We are hiring because the nature of work is evolving — and that is also why so many of these jobs remain hard to fill.
Jobs are being created that demand new skills — which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting. This is not about white collar vs. blue collar jobs, but about the ‘new collar’ jobs that employers in many industries demand, but which remain largely unfilled.”
She noted that the jobs are hard to fill in the industry because it is being reshaped through data science and cloud computing. Rometty is one of the members of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. Which is a group of United States business leaders which is focused specifically on economic growth and jobs.
The important meeting among Trump and technology executives are rumored to include Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Larry Page of Alphabet (Google) and Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX.
Rumors are that Trump will push for them to create more jobs in the United States. This week he encouraged Apple to open a large factory in the United States despite currently being located in China. However, the technology sector overwhelmingly supporter Hillary Clinton during the presidential election and expressed fear about Trump’s policies so he will likely see a lot of push back.