Accenture Plc said on Friday it would create 15,000 "highly skilled" new jobs in the United States, as information technology (IT) services firms brace for a more protectionist US technology visa program under President Donald Trump.
The company, which is domiciled in Dublin, Ireland, said the new jobs would increase the company's US workforce by 30 per cent to more than 65,000 by the end of 2020.
Accenture has more than 394,000 employees, of which about 140,000 are in India.
Major IT service companies, particularly those based in India, fly engineers to the United States using H1B visas to service clients, but some opponents argue they are misusing the visa program to replace US jobs.
India's software services industry is also concerned about a bill introduced in the US Congress seeking to double the salary paid to H1B visa holders which would dramatically increase the costs for the companies employing them.
The company's US business accounted for 46 per cent of its total revenue for the year ended August 31.