Five days after Eric Schimdt announced he will be turning over the position as Google Inc.’s CEO to Google’s co-founder Larry Page,
Google announced that they will be hiring about 6,200 workers this year.
Google made the announcement Tuesday in what would be one of the biggest hiring the internet giant has made. This move would boost Google’s workforce by 25 percent and makes their total number of workers to about 30,000. Google hired 6,131 workers in 2007 and at least 4,500 workers just last year.
Google, the world’s most used search engine company, has not disclosed specific figures though. It was also not clear if how many workers will the company hire from the United States. In a statement last Tuesday, Eric Schmidt said that they are to hire more than 1,000 employees from Europe. Google said that they would make their biggest hiring this 2011.
The recent expansion will be an added challenge for incoming CEO Larry Page, one of the founders of Google along with Sergey Brin. Page has already been the CEO of Google but shareholders insisted that they need a more mature leader, then Schmidt came in. During the time that Page was the CEO of Google, the company only had about 300 employees.
The announcement of Google is welcomed by economists as a positive sign even though it came on the same day that Yahoo Inc. laid off around 100 workers. Though the expansion of Google would not be enough to solve he region’s unemployment woes, it is still a big help to the economy.
In the recent State of the Union Address of President Barack Obama, he stressed that more jobs are needed to help the ailing economy of the United States. Google CEO Eric Schmidt is among those who gives advice to Obama regarding the economy.
A lot of developments have been happening with Google Inc. recently. In addition to the announcement of Schmidt to step down as their CEO, Google also released their revenue report for the fourth quarter of 2010 wherein the company had revenues of $8.44 billion. Google had a profit of $2.54 billion during that quarter alone, 29 percent up as compared to their profits in the same quarter in 2009.