Google to hire more than 1,000 staff in Europe

Google's CEO Eric Schmidt said the company will hire more than 1,000 staff in Europe this year.

Google's CEO Eric Schmidt said the company will hire more than 1,000 staff in Europe this year.

The new recruits would be roughly split between technology and sales staff, he said at the Digital Life Design conference in Germany.

The move will increase Google's existing staff of 5,000 by 20% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In total the company plans to hire 6,200 new staff this year, boosting its global workforce by one-quarter.

The announcement comes as Google recently posted fourth-quarter profits of $2.54bn.

"We looked at this year and in particular our prospects for growth in Europe, and our businesses globally are doing well, both our core business as well as our adjacent businesses, our 'hockey stick' businesses as we call them. It's all very, very good. We are going to invest in Europe," the Guardian reported he said.

Last week Schmidt said he will step down as the company's CEO to become executive chairman, handing the reigns to co-founder Larry Page in April.

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