Ford announced it will add 2,200 white-collar employees this year in the US, as the company plans to expand and update its vehicle lineup worldwide.

According to the automaker almost 75% of these jobs will be in manufacturing, engineering and information technology. Ford said that this move is the company’s largest increase in new salaried positions in more than 10 years.

“As we expand our product lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles, we need more people in critical areas,” said Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford’s North and South American operations.

Ford, the no.2 car maker in the US, currently relies in part on interns and temporary workers to fill those positions. The automaker also said it plans to add to its current salaried workforce 900 new jobs in North America. Like other US automakers, Ford is trying to reach its growth goals with a reduced workforce compared to the situation before the recession.

In 2006 Ford had 38,600 salaried employees in North America, compared with 28,400 at the end of 2012. Still, the automaker’s white-collar workforce gas increased 13.6% in North America since the US economic recession in 2009. In 2012 Ford hired 8,100 salaried and hourly workers in the US.


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