IBM unveils plan to hire 25,000 in U.S. on eve of Trump meeting
SAN FRANCISCODec 15, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Dec 15, 2016 12:00 am
U.S. technology giant IBM said Wednesday it would hire 25,000 people in the country over the next four years, a day before President-elect Donald Trump meets with tech industry leaders.
About 6,000 of those hirings will occur in 2017, IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty said in an opinion article published in the newspaper USA Today. IBM, which has undertaken in recent years a restructuring of its activities, will invest $1 billion on employee training and development in the next four years, said the IBM president, chairman and CEO. The IBM jobs investment news came before the highly anticipated meeting today of the Republican property tycoon-turned-next U.S. president and the leaders of several major technology companies.
Among those expected to attend are Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Larry Page of Alphabet (Google) and Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, according to U.S. media. Trump is expected to push them to create jobs after saying last week that he would like Apple - whose coveted iPhones are made in China - to open a large factory in the United States. But he will be stepping into hostile territory. The tech sector overwhelmingly supported the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during this year's election campaign and has expressed fear about the effect Trump's policies will have on the industry. The sole notable exception is the controversial PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel, currently a member of Trump's transition team.