Ford announced it will hire 800 white-collar workers in the US by the end of this year, reaching a total of 3,000 salaried employees.
The new jobs are especially in IT, engineering, manufacturing and product development and will be in addition to the 2,200 new jobs previously announced by the automaker earlier this year. Ford said that it will also hire workers in finance, purchasing and other areas. As sales in the US are expected to surpass 15 million units this year, auto and parts plants are running at almost full capacity.
Analysts predict that automakers will increase their workforce and the number of facilities. The Detroit Three have already announced they will add thousands of hourly employees this year. This would be Ford’s largest hiring effort for a year in more than a decade, a move adopted by the other automakers. GM said it will add almost 4,000 white-collar workers at four of its IT Innovation Centers in the US.
In 2009 Ford had 25,000 salaried workers and with the addition of 3,000 more this year the number will surpass 30,000. Ford will also hire 3,000 hourly workers at its plants in Kansas City and Flat Rock.
Source: The Detroit News