Wanted: more than 2,000, in Google hiring spree
By Alexei Oreskovic
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc plans to hire more than 2,000 people around the globe, bumping up its workforce as it expands into new markets and battles for talent with faster-growing rivals.
The world's largest Internet search engine, whose finance chief told investors in September that the Internet industry was waging a "war for talent," has job openings listed for 2,076 positions on its website, according to a Reuters tally on Thursday.
The number of job openings is up nearly six-fold from a similar tally of job listings page conducted in March 2009.
The hiring spree is taking place alongside a string of more than 20 acquisitions this year that have already helped swell Google's ranks to more than 23,300 employees at the end of September, up nearly 18 percent since the beginning of the year.
"We've been ramping up our hiring and the number of open jobs over the course of the last year," Google spokesman Jordan Newman said.
He would not comment on the exact number of openings, but said the jobs listings Web page was completely up to date and is monitored very carefully.
Google, which controls about two-thirds of the global Internet search market, is looking for new opportunities to grow by branching out into a variety of markets, including Android smartphone software, online display advertising and Web-based productivity software.
Those fledgling forays come as it fends off social networking giant Facebook, which is challenging Google for online advertising dollars and for engineering talent, as well as iPhone maker Apple Inc in the mobile market. Continued...