Wanted: more than 2,000 people to work at Google

Google plans to hire more than 2,000 people around the globe, bumping up its workforce as it expands into new markets and battles for talent with faster-growing rivals.

Wanted: more than 2,000 people to work at Google

The world’s largest search engine, whose finance chief told investors in September that the internet industry was waging a “war for talent,” has job openings listed for 2,076 positions on its website.

The number of job openings is up nearly six-fold from a similar tally of job listings pages conducted in March 2009.

The hiring spree is taking place alongside a string of more than 20 acquisitions this year that have already helped swell Google’s ranks to more than 23,300 employees at the end of September, up nearly 18% since the beginning of the year.

“We’ve been ramping up our hiring and the number of open jobs over the course of the last year,” Google spokesman Jordan Newman said.

He would not comment on the exact number of openings, but said the jobs listings page was completely up to date and is monitored very carefully.

Diversifying from search

Google, which controls about two-thirds of the global search market, is looking for new opportunities to grow by branching out into a variety of markets, including Android smartphone software, online display advertising and web-based productivity software.

Those fledgling forays come as it fends off social-networking giant Facebook, which is challenging Google for online advertising dollars and for engineering talent, as well as iPhone maker Apple in the mobile market.

This month, Google internally announced plans to give all of its employees a 10% raise in 2011, a move that many in the industry interpreted as an attempt to retain its best workers.

Google’s current job openings are primarily for engineers and sales staffers, with roughly half of them in the US. The Google UK jobs page lists more than 70 vacancies.

The job listings provide a window into the breadth of its vast operations across the globe, with openings for everything from a University Program Specialist in Senegal to a Building Ambassador at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The company, which has also faced increasing regulatory scrutiny in recent years, has more than 50 legal job openings around the globe.

And it lists more than 50 open positions in China, including an Events Manager tasked with raising “awareness and usage” of Google products in the country, as well as a half-dozen recruiters.

That expansion comes about a year after Google relocated its web search engine to Hong Kong, following a very public spat with the Chinese Government over its refusal to bow to Beijing’s Web censorship requirements.

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