Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the Indian multinational IT services company, has announced plans to hire about 1,500 techies across the UK in the next one year.
During a meeting between Liz Truss, UK Trade Secretary and Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO, TCS, the intention of the Company to investing in the UK was made quite clear. The Company already has a 45-year presence in the country, during which it has collaborated with some big British companies and played a significant role in their growth. Clearly, TCS has been an important part of the economy of the UK, developing the skills of the British workforce, and playing an active catalyst in its innovation and technology sectors.
In the last ten years, TCS’ business has grown almost four times in the UK. In fact, it is the largest providers of IT and IT-enabled services in the UK. It is also one of the largest employer of IT talent in the UK. Its diverse workforce in the UK comprises young talent from at least 54 nationalities, 28 per cent of them being women. This is a very encouraging number since the average percentage of women in the IT space is 17 per cent.
Proof of TCS’ commitment to offering the youth in the UK quality jobs and opportunities, lies in the TCS STEM skills programmes that have reached more than 1,50,000 youngsters in the UK in the last three years.
In 2020, the TCS Digital Explorers Bursary was launched in partnership with the Queen Mary University of London, to offer financial aid to undergraduate students from low-income families.
Rajesh Gopinathan, chief executive officer and managing director, TCS believes that the Company’s “sustained investments have made it the preferred growth and transformation partner of our valued customers in the UK, allowing them to digitally transform their business for competitive growth.”
Liz Truss, UK Secretary of State for international trade, agrees that “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 TCS bring jobs and growth to the UK. We will be collaborating much more closely in the industries of tomorrow like science, tech and green growth, so we can build back better and deliver an export-led, investment-led, jobs-led recovery from coronavirus.”
While the UK has always been an important market for TCS for decades now, Amit Kapur, country head, TCS UK & Ireland, points out that TCS’ success has resulted from its “single-minded focus on creating value for our customers through a model that attracts, trains, retains and engages the brightest talent that UK offers, while discharging our social and environmental responsibilities. We are creating thousands of well-paying jobs in communities across the UK, rejuvenating local economies and providing visibility to young people around long-term careers in technology.”