India's second largest software firm Infosys today said it planned to hire around 2,000 people in the US by the end of this year.
"Infosys hired 1,200 people in the US in 2011, and has already added more than 1,000 employees in the country this year. Total US recruitment is expected to be close to 2,000 by the end of 2012," the company said in a statement.
Over the past few months, Indian technology companies have been feeling the heat of an anti-outsourcing campaign in the US and the EU, which are the main markets for domestic software and IT service companies.
Politicians and governments in the countries are raising objections to offshoring of work by their companies to countries like India, in a bid to retain jobs back home.
Industry experts, however, dismiss such criticism as political rhetoric.
Most Indian technology companies operating in western countries have stepped up local hiring over the past few years, to blunt the 'taking away' local jobs pitch of criticism.