New Delhi: IT firm HCL Technologies (HCLT) plans to add 10,000 jobs outside India over the next five years, a top company official said on Tuesday.

"We are looking at playing a more socially responsible role. People are not just looking at ways to save cost but also at creating more jobs locally. Our vision is to create 10,000 jobs outside India in the next 5 years," HCLT Vice-Chairman and CEO Vineet Nayar said.

Amid economic turmoil and tough business conditions, there have been rising concerns in the developed world about outsourcing activities. As part of efforts to tackle dissent against outsourcing, many entities including Indian companies, are hiring more local people for their overseas operations.

The US has been witnessing high unemployment levels for a long time and the jobless rate stood at 9.1 per cent in September.

In order to counter the situation, last year, the US had increased professional visa fees (H-1B and L-1 visa) by a minimum USD 2,000 for all US-based companies that have more than half of their employees on such visas till 2015.

According to estimates, it mostly affects Indian IT firms, like TCS, Infosys and Wipro, costing them USD 200 million annually.

Earlier, in September, India had conveyed its concern to the US over the increasing number of rejections of the H1B visa applications of professionals, especially in the IT sector.

During July-September quarter of 2011, the company added 9,311 (gross) and 3,474 (net) employees, taking its total headcount to 80,520 by the end of September 30, 2011.

On their hiring strategy, Nayar said, "We select an anchor customer for each locations. This partner helps us get aces to local talent. The partner also helps us in getting in touch with the government for subsidies."

The company has also announced 'Milestone Share Programme', under which all employees who are on the company's rolls as of October 14, 2011, will receive a minimum amount equivalent to 5 shares and a maximum amount equivalent to 10 shares, based on the duration of their tenure at HCL.

The amount they will receive will be based on the closing price of the company's shares on the National Stock Exchange on October 17.

The company has budgeted an amount of Rs 25 crore for this initiative, a company statement said.

"This Milestone Share Programme is a small token of appreciation of our employees, who are the reasons for all our success," Nayar said.

(Agencies)