Exclusive: Australia’s biggest outsourcing company outsourcing jobs to India
Australia’s largest outsourcing company is facing a major backlash after it announced plans to hire Indian engineers in Sydney.
Infrastructure company Equinix has announced plans for an outsourcing programme in Sydney, with the aim of filling the gap left by the closure of the Queensland and South Australian ports.
Equinix is planning to hire up to 30 Indian engineers to work on a wide range of projects including infrastructure projects and construction in the Sydney CBD.
The decision comes as Australia’s outsourcing industry is facing scrutiny from a number of countries, including China and Russia, as well as by US President Donald Trump, who has threatened to impose tariffs on Australian companies that do business with them.
In response to the outsourcing decision, Equinux has said it is taking a “wait and see” approach on the matter.
“We have been clear that our future investments in Australia will not be made based on the outsourcing of jobs from Australia to India,” Equinax CEO David O’Reilly said in a statement.
“Instead, we will focus our investments on building on the infrastructure we already have in place to meet the needs of our clients.”
Mr O’ Reilly also said that Equinox was “not looking to create any new jobs”.
“We will be looking to build upon our existing workforce to meet future needs in Australia,” he said.
“The decision to move forward with this outsourcing programme reflects the need to retain the talent and expertise that our workforce already has and ensure our infrastructure works well.”
Mr Trump has previously threatened to slap tariffs on Australia’s imports of Chinese goods.
Last week, the US president accused the US of “cheating” on trade with China by refusing to negotiate bilateral trade deals.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Mr Trump said that “Australia is the single biggest source of Chinese steel” and accused China of “stealing” Australian jobs.
The US is the largest buyer of Australian iron ore and is Australia’s second-largest importer of coal.
The company said it was working with the Department of Industry, Trade and Investment to ensure the scheme was approved.
“Equinax is committed to ensuring our investments in Australian infrastructure are fully aligned with our clients’ requirements and will continue to support the projects and projects that best meet our clients needs,” it said.