January 26, 2011, 11:12 AM

Google to cast a wide employment net in 2011

The search engine plans to hire more than 6,000 workers, a record annual amount.

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Google Inc. plans to go on a hiring binge this year. The search engine company says it will hire more employees in 2011 than in any year in Google’s history.

The company hired more than 6,000 workers in 2007, the standing record for new employment at Google, writes Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research, in a blog post.  Last year, the company added 4,500 employees to its workforce, the second busiest year for hiring. Most of the new employees last year work in engineering and sales.

“2010 was a huge year for Google. Many of our big bets, on mobile, display advertising, the cloud and more, really started to pay off,” Eustace writes. “We’ll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science, like building a web-based operating system from scratch and instantly searching an index of more than 100 million gigabytes.”

Google’s planned hiring comes amid a sluggish though slightly improving outlook for employment in information technology. Total employment in I.T. increased 0.36% in December when seasonally adjusted, according to Janco Associates Inc., a management consulting firm that focuses on information technology. Janco bases its report on data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Last week when reporting its fourth quarter and full year earnings, Google announced that co-founder Larry Page will take over as CEO on Apr. 4 from Eric Schmidt, who has held the job since 2011. The search engine also said that paid clicks were up 18% from a year ago during the fourth quarter, while the average cost per click increased approximately 5%.

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