Indian technology company Infosys is investing heavily in its Australian arm, after it announced plans to create over a thousand local jobs.
The company launched its new initiative on Wednesday, announcing it will open three Innovation Hubs across Australia with the aim to create 1,200 new IT jobs by 2020.
Key areas of focus will be in machine learning, artificial intelligence, user experience, cyber security, digital platforms, big data and cloud.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews welcomed the decision.
“It’s a great vote of confidence in our economy and the Coalition Government’s commitment to jobs of the future, that a company of Infosys’ global standing would make this kind of investment here,” she said.
After opening its Australian offices 20 years ago, Infosys currently has around 4,500 staff across the A/NZ region.
Its Australian business, headquartered in Melbourne, is the second-largest globally in terms of customer value.
Infosys also plans to strengthen academic partnerships and attract more graduates.
It is aiming for approximately 40% of the new jobs created be in graduate roles.
Andrew Groth, Infosys Senior Vice President Australia and New Zealand, said the focus is on the next generation.
“Continuous education is a collective effort and we are proud to work with the government, academia and local communities to help build and shape our next-generation of entrepreneurs and innovators”, he said.
“Infosys has a deep culture of continuous learning and development.
“Building our Australian talent pool is already underway. So far, we have recruited 75 graduates, and more than half have completed their induction training and are ready to be placed on strategic client projects.”
The innovation hubs will bring in clients, academia and government, allowing Infosys to “co-create and co-innovate”.
“The expansion of our Australian team, together with our planned innovation hubs are very important as we help navigate our clients in their digital journey by simultaneously renewing their core business systems and building new solutions to realise growth,” said Groth.
Infosys is yet to announce the location of the three innovation hubs.