One night before major tech giants including IBM and Apple executives are supposed to meet with Trump, IBM announces it will hire 25,000 new people.
Approximately 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.
Rometty said IBM will invest $1 billion on employee training and development in the next four years.
“We are hiring because the nature of work is evolving — and that is also why so many of these jobs remain hard to fill, Jobs are being created that demand new skills — which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting. 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.”
Rometty is a member of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of US business leaders focused on boosting economic growth and jobs, and this investment announcement comes just a day before the big meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.
This hardly seems like a coincidence as 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.
Among those expected to attend the meeting 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 US media. All of which supported Hillary in the election openly.
It will be interesting to see what comes next.