Outsourcing brings jobs to Dallas area

December 29, 2013 by  

More jobs for the Dallas area are in the works thanks to an information technology outsourcing company. The first Monday of this month found Cognizant announcing that it would relocate its main operations hub from New Jersey to Texas. Moreover, in the next three years, it is expecting to add 10,000 jobs across the country, of which 750 are anticipated to be in Texas.

Of the 166,000 Cognizant employees worldwide, 2,000 are already located in Texas and more will be added over the next few months as the company increases its operations here. Although many of the New Jersey jobs will be transferred to Texas, the company’s global headquarters will still be in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Gordon Coburn, Cognizant President, spoke glowingly of the business climate in Texas as well as the low overhead costs and ample potential employee pool. Cognizant has acquired a local firm in College Station, where Texas A&M is located. Coburn and Gov. Perry appeared together to announce the company’s three-year, $150,000 grant to the institution in support of its engineering, science, and mathematics departments.

University students look forward to the day when their education is finished, they get a job, and can order digital business cards that announce their success to the world. However, as Coburn pointed out, the U.S. Department of Education has found that among the country’s high school students, 70% in 2009 were found to be deficient in math and science. Moreover, he said that an IT survey found that the vast majority of employers were concerned over existing and needed skill levels in these subjects.

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