GM to hire close to 10,000 IT workers within the next 5 years image

GM announced it will hire about 10,000 workers within the next three to five years, with all the jobs being in the IT department.

General Motors said it wants to increase its internal information technology abilities and has already hired 500 people at a new computer center in Austin, Texas, inaugurated this week. GM selected Austin as the capital city of Texas has a population with computer skills, the carmaker said in a statement. Several technology companies including Freescale Semiconductor and Dell are based in the Austin area.

GM chief information officer, Randy Mott, said that GM is still crafting its total technology hiring plan and added that it has a large base as GM is a global company. “We look to the innovation centers to design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to GM customers,” Mott said in the statement. He added that GM expects to open four centers.

Randy Mott was hired by GM CEO Dan Akerson in February, as the top executive wants to update GM’s computer and accounting systems in his quest to reorganize the company around global functions and brands. GM does about 10 percent of its IT work in-house but plans to boost that to 90 percent, Mott said.