Major U.S. technology company IBM has announced it will hire 25,000 people in the United States over the next four years. The announcement was made just ahead of a meeting of industry leaders with President-elect Donald Trump.
Around 6,000 of the jobs will be generated in 2017, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty wrote in an opinion article published in USA Today.
IBM, which has been restructuring its operations in recent years, will invest $1 billion on employee development and training through 2020, said the company president, chairwoman and CEO, the Daily Mail reports.
Rometty is a member of Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of American business leaders intent on expanding economic growth and jobs.
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"We are hiring because the nature of work is evolving -- and that is also why so many of these jobs remain hard to fill," Rometty said, acknowledging that cloud computing and data science is changing multiple industries.
"Jobs are being created that demand new skills -- which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting," she said.
"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 added.
Rometty, who is also among the business leaders on Trump's advisory panel, will join Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook and Alphabet's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt at a summit with Trump Dec. 14 that will focus on jobs, Bloomberg reports.
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Trump is expected to urge them to create jobs after commenting in early December that he wants Apple -- whose products are made in China -- to open a manufacturing hub in the United States.
The tech industry, however, may be resistant to his urgings as most industry executives supported Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the election. Some industry heads have expressed concern over the effect Trump's policies will have on the sector.
Tech mogul Peter Thiel, the co-founder of Paypal and an early Facebook investor, is the sole exception. He is presently a member of Trump's transition team and has stumped for the president-elect during Trump's campaign.