IT major Salesforce plans to add 5.48 lakh direct jobs in India in near future and sees the country has the potential to become the second-largest in terms of GDP, Salesforce Chief Data Evangelist Vala Afshar stated while speaking at the Raise summit.
Afshar said that indirectly the company will create 13 lakh jobs in India.
"I think the impact of my company in India alone is going to create billions of dollars in incremental GDP. We are going to create 1.3 million new jobs indirectly with our customer and partner ecosystem but directly we are going to add 548,000 new jobs in the near future,” Afshar said.
Afshar added that in the next couple of years, the cloud-based customer management company is committed to training 250,000 students. He emphasized that education is the key to reducing the digital divide.
Afshar said that India will soon be the world’s most advanced connected society. He said that data is going to be key to the artificial intelligence economy which is the reason that India is poised to be a superpower when it comes to AI. As per Afshar, India has 60 crore unique users connected to the internet and has an opportunity in the next 5-6 years in the world to be USD 6 trillion consumers spend power in India.
"Every 3 seconds a new person in India connects to the internet for the first time. What that means 600 million today will be over a billion unique users connected to the internet in perhaps just in the next five years. This also means that India is poised to be the second-largest GDP in the world only behind China and ahead of the US,” Afshar said.
Salesforce is estimated to have a market capitalization of around $240 Bn. Like many companies, Salesforce had flagged the possibility of slower revenue growth earlier in the pandemic as their customers navigated economic difficulty and struggled to pay their bills. However, this latest revenue growth is better than expected. With this latest announcement, Salesforce is setting the tone for an ambitious, quickly-expanding era in the company’s development. In this direction, last month, Salesforce CEO and co-founder Marc Benioff announced the company will be hiring 4,000 new employees in the next six months and 12,000 in the next year.