Information technology (IT) services exporter Tata Consultancy Services on Wednesday said it will recruit 1,500 technology employees across the United Kingdom in 2022.
The decision was made after CEO Rajesh Gopinathan met with British trade secretary Liz Truss for a discussion in Mumbai.
The two leaders exchanged thoughts on TCS’ commitment to invest in the country’s economy, innovation, education and workforce skills, as per a statement.
TCS said the development will build on its 45-year history in the country where it claimed to be the second largest software and IT services company.
The company’s business has grown nearly four-fold in the UK over the last decade, entirely organically, making it one of the largest providers of IT and IT-enabled services in the nation.
TCS said its workforce in the UK represents 54 different nationalities. At 28%, its workforce has more women than the IT sector average of 17%, the statement said.
“India is the world’s biggest democracy and a nation that shares our belief in free enterprise. Deeper trading ties will create opportunities for UK businesses that were simply not there as part of the EU, and set the stage for a much closer partnership with one of the economic powerhouses of the present and future, ensuring more investors like Tata Consultancy Services bring jobs and growth to the UK,” secretary of state for international trade Truss said.
She added that the country will collaborate much more closely in the industries of tomorrow, such as science, technology and green growth, to build back better, and deliver an export, investment and jobs-led recovery from coronavirus.
“The UK has been an important market for TCS for many years. Our success here has come from our single-minded focus on creating value for our customers through a model that attracts, trains, retains and engages the brightest talent that the UK offers, while discharging our social and environmental responsibilities,” Amit Kapur, country head, TCS UK and Ireland, said.
TCS also runs a set of STEM skills programmes that have reached over 1,50,000 young people in the UK in the past three years, the statement said. In 2020, it tied up with Queen Mary University of London to launch a bursary, titled TCS Digital Explorers Bursary, to offer financial assistance to undergraduate students from low-income families.