GM plans to hire 1, 000 engineers at its IT center in the Phoenix area, part of the company’s strategy to overhaul its IT operations.

GM plans to add 7,500 IT workers in the following five years, part of its strategy to move such work in-house instead of using outside contractors, such as Hewlett-Packard Co. The US automaker has already announced it is opening innovation centers in Austin, Texas, suburban Atlanta and Warren, Michigan, which will employ 3,000 IT workers. GM said it has already hired 1,000 people for the IT centers and will also absorb 3,000 HP workers which have been already performing duties for the automaker.

“Operating four IT Innovation centers geographically dispersed across the U.S. allows us to offer employment opportunities to hundreds of thousands of IT professionals, over 75 percent located within a 500-mile radius of any one of the centers,” Randy Mott, GM chief information officer, said in a statement.

Mott added that GM will open four IT centers, with the Arizona one opening on April 1st in a temporary location, but the company’s plans are to open a $21 million office in Chandler by 2014. GM aims at increasing the 10% of its IT work done internally to 90%, as CEO Dan Akerson is already working on updating GM’s computer and financial reporting systems.


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