IBM is planning to hire an extra 14,000 workers in India this year, as it lays off up to 13,000 staff in western Europe and the US to cut costs.
An internal IBM document, which outlines the Indian expansion, has been leaked to the New York Times by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech).
IBM has confirmed the document, labelled “IBM Confidential” and dated April 2005, is genuine but it will not confirm the number of extra Indian workers it will employ this year.
The company announced its redundancy plans at the beginning of the year after posting poor quarterly results.
IBM is cutting disparate regional operations and replacing them with what it believes are “less clunky” operations that can react more quickly to rapidly changing overall industry market trends.