India's Information-Technology giant Infosys has announced that it will be setting up three innovation hubs in Australia creating 1,200 new jobs Down Under by 2020.
Infosys, which has its headquarters in Bengaluru, is already setting up similar hubs in the US - its largest market - and expects to hire 10,000 local workers by 2019.
"The creation of 1,200 IT jobs in Australia by 2020, of which around 40 per cent will be Australian university graduates from a range of fields including computer science and design," Infosys said in a statement.
It added that the new innovation hubs will serve as a platform to enable Infosys to co-create and co-innovate alongside clients, academia and government to accelerate innovation and upskilling of talent in emerging technologies and solutions. No investment details were disclosed.
Infosys said this approach provides the company with a strong foundation to meet rising demand for expertise in areas like machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), user experience, cyber security, digital platforms, big data and cloud.
"Today marks an important milestone for our company in our 20 year journey in Australia," Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer at Infosys, said.
As a key technology partner of Australian business, Infosys is proud to announce its commitment to accelerating digital skills in the region through the creation of 1,200 skilled jobs, the development of our new innovation hubs and deepening partnerships with academia, he added.
Infosys, like many of its peers, has been ramping local hiring in key markets like the US, the UK and Australia to tackle increasing scrutiny around work visas by various governments.
(With inputs from PTI)