Cognizant number of employees worldwide 2017-2018, by region

As of its 2018 fiscal year, American IT and consulting company Cognizant employed a total of 281 thousand people around the world. The vast majority of the employees (nearly 200 thousand) were located in the company’s Indian branches, while 50 thousand more worked in North America. The company increased its employment within Europe by around five thousand people between fiscal 2017 and 2018.


Since its founding in 1994, Cognizant has grown into one of the world’s largest IT services companies, trailing only IBM in terms of total market capitalization. The company operates significant business segments across many distinct markets such as financial services, healthcare, and, of course, technology, and has managed to rapidly increase sales revenue and profit in recent years.

Employment in the tech industry

Despite its status as one of the most successful IT providers, Cognizant’s employment numbers pale in comparison to many of the world’s largest employers. Within the tech industry specifically, companies like Amazon, Accenture, and IBM employ far more.

Number of employees at Cognizant worldwide in 2017 and 2018, by region

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February 2019



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2017 to 2018

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