Infosys plans to bring 500 new tech jobs to Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- (WLNE) India-based tech consulting and IT company Infosys announced Thursday that it’s bringing 500 new jobs to Rhode Island.
“Rhode Island’s strong leadership, positive business climate, and innovative spirit are exactly what Infosys looks for in a host community,” said Infosys President Ravi Kumar.
Governor Raimondo and Secretary Pryor joined Kumar for the official announcement, which was live-streamed on the Governor’s Facebook page.
The company is not new to Rhode Island, opening its Digital Innovation and Design Center in Providence in 1029, and working on the state’s Crush COVID app this year.
“Infosys has been a critical partner to Rhode Island since setting up shop in Providence two years ago,” said Governor Gina Raimondo.
She continued, “I’m grateful for their contributions to our state, including this commitment to 500 additional tech jobs by 2023, recent work to launch the “CRUSH COVID RI” app that is helping get the pandemic under control, and participation in Back to Work RI. I look forward to continuing to work together to create opportunities for Rhode Islanders in the years to come.”
The 500 new Rhode Island Infosys employees are part of the company’s broader workforce commitment and its recent announcement to hire 12,000 additional workers in the U.S.
This initiative is meant to target and re-skill workers that have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The workers will be evaluated, then trained, and then matched with an available position that best suits them.
“There’s a promise of a job at the end of the training,” Raimondo said. “That’s what we’re trying to do here, and I think we’re really into something here.”
Business leaders also weighed in on the potential for these new jobs to stimulate an economy struggling to emerge from the pandemic?
“This is an unusual announcement, where you don’t see a lot of companies today – given the environment that we’re in – actually announcing big workforce expansions,” said Laurie White, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White. “So this is a very promising sign.”
She says she’s optimistic Infosys could help bring back foot traffic, re-skill workers, and increase tax revenue – but the full effects won’t be felt for a while, because the jobs will be phased in over the next three years.
“It’s going to take a lot of patience,” White said. “It will take some time, and their timeline is rather lengthy. So planning for the long-term.”