Google plans to hire > 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.
The number of job openings is up nearly six-fold from a similar tally of job listings page conducted in Mar'09.
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% 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.
Google's current job openings are primarily for engineers and sales staffers, with roughly half of them in the US. Some of the jobs were listed as temporary, but most appeared to be full-time positions.