Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles plans to hire about 4,000 workers this year, CEO Norbert Reithofer said.
The planned expansion should take the global workforce to about 104,000, capping a positive two-year recruitment trend.
BMW took on about 4,000 people in 2011, Automotive News Europe said, citing a company spokesman.
One of the reasons for the increase was the acquisition of the ING Car Lease Group. In addition, skilled workers were recruited to keep abreast of the high demand for BMW Group vehicles and to press ahead with the development of new technologies, the German giant said.
In addition the number of apprentices increased by 2.7% over the course of the year to 3,899 as of 31 December 2011.
It was the first increase since 2007, when the automaker employed 107,539 people. In 1998, the company employed an all-time high of 118,489 people.
Last week askGrapevineHR reported that BMW had appointed Milagros Caiña-Andree as head of HR, following a ‘strategic realignment’ of its management board. She will assume the position on 1 July 2012.