Brasil: GM to hire 600 for more output image

GM has said it plans to hire 600 workers for three Brazilian plants in the state of Sao Paulo to boost output as car demand continues to grow.

General Motors do Brasil, as GM’s local unit is known, said in a statement that it plans to hire 250 workers each for its Sao Caetano do Sul and Sao Jose dos Campos units and a further 100 for its Mogi das Cruzes factory, where production has doubled in the past few months.

The move follows rising demand in Brazil, where new vehicle sales grew 23.1% year-on-year last month. The month before, September set an all-time sales record, thanks in part to the IPI tax (industrial production) break for OEMs, which passed on the benefits to consumers.

In taking on new workers, GM will give priority to former employees. It had cut about 1,600 temporary workers in February in response to the global economic crisis. This year, GM expects to report a record number of sales in Brazil, though an exact target figure has not been announced.