IBM has announced that it now has more employees in India than in the US. Over the last decade, the company shifted almost half of its business from around the world to India considering it as a major market. Presently, the company has around 130,000 people employed in India and that constitutes about one-third of its total workforce. “IBM India, in the truest sense, is a microcosm of the IBM company,” said Vanitha Narayanan, chairman of the company’s Indian operations as quoted on New York Times.
The numbers hold a lot of significance, setting an example of modern-day globalization. Also, it goes against what US President Donald Trump has been betting for in the country. President Trump has allegedly been pressing firms like Apple, Google and others to shift their business centers back in America, rather than outsourcing employment from other countries.
As per the NYT report, IBM in India has almost doubled the number of its employees since 2007. The company has carried out a number of layoffs at its US division and reportedly has around 100,000 employees at the American office. The company is said to have 130,000 in 2007 and the numbers have been cut down all these years. ALSO READ: This magnetic tape is capable of storing an insane 330TB of data
An increasing number of Indian employees can also be attributed to affordable or less expensive employment here in the country. According to a Glassdoor research, salaries paid to a native Indian employee are one-half to one-fifth of the salaries paid to those based out of America. As is the case, IBM is said to have been able to survive losses vitally due to its India division. As per reports, IBM has reported a decline in business for last 21 quarters, courtesy to failure in reshaping its business strategies as per new demands of the industry. ALSO READ: Salesforce gets serious about India, appoints country head for the first time: Report
IBM’s business portfolio ranges from providing computing support to global companies like AT&T and Shell to research in fields of artificial intelligence and computer vision for self-driving cars. Following IBM, other noted tech firms like Oracle and Dell also have a significant workforce at their India division as compared to other global divisions. Also, Cisco named its Bangalore division as the second headquarters years ago. At the recently concluded first-ever India Mobile Congress 2017, Huawei declared its Bengaluru R&D units as the largest among its other global units.