Employees, laid off in recent days by technology companies like Meta and Twitter, can apply for digital and engineering vacancies at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the British automobile manufacturer announced on Friday.
“Following the news of large-scale job losses from technology firms, Jaguar Land Rover is opening a new jobs portal for displaced workers from the tech industry to explore career opportunities, offering hybrid working patterns,” read a statement from JLR.
The statement, available on the company's website, said more than 800 digital and engineering vacancies will be filled through this global hiring drive, adding that the roles span across Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Driving, Cloud Software, Data Science, Electrification, Machine Learning, among others.
The jobs are available in the UK, Ireland, China, USA, Hungary, and India, the home country of Tata Motors, the parent organisation of Jaguar Land Rover.
Stepping up in a crisis
The carmaker which is focusing on the EV market, has rolled out 800 vacancies for tech professionals, and has prioritised digital talent fired by big tech firms such as Meta and Amazon. Tata Group’s move comes after 11,000 workers lost jobs at Meta and 10,000 had to leave Amazon, while 50 per cent of Twitter’s staff was sacked by Elon Musk, and many others resigned. Heartbreaking stories are emerging including those of Indians abroad who have to find new jobs to keep their visas, and women who on maternity leave left without work.
Jaguar Land Rover has created a portal focusing on displaced big tech employees, and seeks talent skilled in AI, cloud software, data science and machine learning among other areas of work. The roles are being offered in India, China, Ireland, Hungary, the UK and the US.
Tata’s history of employee welfare
During uncertain times, which aren’t anything short of a crisis, the move by a Tata Group owned firm reflects the conglomerate’s history of employee welfare. Recently the firm also rescued ailing Indian carrier Air India, as thousands were at risk of losing jobs if the state-run airline were to be shut down. Tata is also known for setting up a personnel department back in 1947, before most corporates in India, and for a smart separation scheme that provided salaries and perks to workers who left till their retirement age.
Amid the layoff season, tech major TCS on Thursday announced plans to create 1,200 new jobs in the US by the end of 2024.
The Indian company will create these jobs in the state of Illinois, along with accelerating its STEM outreach efforts in local schools to cover 25 per cent more students and teachers.
"I am thrilled that TCS will be expanding their footprint in the Land of Lincoln - with over a thousand jobs being added over the next two years," said Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.
"With their STEM Education Initiatives, the next generation of Illinoisans will be prepared for the innovative jobs of the future - jobs that will transform our state into the premier tech hub in the nation," he added.
More than 3,000 Illinoisans currently work for TCS - including 1,100 who were hired within the last five years.
Naperville is home to one of the 30 TCS facilities in the US where TCS employees help digitally transform and grow businesses that are cornerstones of the Illinois economy, such as United Airlines and Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Suresh Muthuswami, Chairman of North America, TCS, said that the expansion in Illinois is driven by companies "that use these obstacles as an opportunity to transform themselves and capture growth. They are investing to overcome today's challenges and become more resilient for tomorrow".
"TCS is attracting the brightest talent in cloud computing, AI, cybersecurity and other technologies to help them become future-ready enterprises," he added.
TCS has been present in the US for more than 50 years.
Nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies partner with TCS to digitally transform and grow their businesses.
The company has hired 512 graduates of Illinois colleges and universities over the past five years, and it is the second largest recruiter of IT services talent in the country.
At JLR, global hiring will be available for roles spanning Autonomous Driving, Artificial Intelligence, Electrification, Cloud Software, Data Science, Machine Learning, and many more.
Anthony Battle, Chief Information Officer at JLR said, "We are further strengthening our data and digital skills base so we can deliver our Reimagine strategy and become an electric-first business from 2025 and achieve carbon net zero by 2039."
He added, "Our digital transformation journey is well underway but being able to recruit highly skilled digital workers is an important next step. We are pleased to be able to provide opportunities to talented individuals with digital capabilities."
Further, Dave Nesbitt, Digital Product Platform Director at JLR said that the company is transforming to an electric-first business, and "we are creating some of the most digitally advanced vehicles ever seen."