The past few years have been hard on the recruiting industry, especially in the technology industry. With companies like Microsoft and Intel having mass layoffs last year, the industry seemed to get hit hard by the recession. However, many tech companies began a hiring spree late last year and continue to be actively hiring. ISI Group, a research firm, says that they believe overall revenues will rise more than 10% for the first quarter for many large tech companies. That is a major improvement when looking at a 16% decline just last year.
Take a look at Intel, a company that laid off 79,800 employees at the end of 2009. The popular computer chip maker said that it plans to hire 1,000 to 2,000 people in 2010, the first substantial hiring spree for the company in five years. Google, the world’s leading search engine company, said that it hired 786 new employees in the first quarter and that it expects to continue hiring.
The hiring spree in the technology industry is not just affecting the big players, smaller startups are also beginning to hire. LinkedIn, the social networking website for professionals, hired 184 people last year and 154 so far this year to bring its employee count to about 500. The company said it also plans to add an additional 300 hires this year. Another social media startup, Twitter, said it hired about 125 employees since last May, which brings the company to a total of 170 employees.
Source: Wall Street Journal