DEARBORN, Mich.—Ford Motor Co. has boosted its hiring plans by 800 salaried workers this year to 3,000, with all those new positions in the United States.
The automaker said the hiring initiative, its largest since 2000, is part of Ford’s “aggressive global growth” plan and is necessary in order to meet “surging demand” for its product.
Ford’s U.S. June sales were up 13 per cent over the same month in 2012, but down 4.4. per cent from the previous month.
North of the border, Ford sales declined six per cent compared to a year ago, but year-to-date sales were up 3.2 per cent.
According to the automaker, 2,400 of the 3,000 new jobs will be technical staff working in product development, manufacturing, quality, purchasing and information technology.
“Engineers and technical professionals are in as much demand as our cars, trucks and SUVs,” Ford group vice-president of human resources Felicia Fields said in a statement.
Fields also attributed the hiring to “increasing capacity in North America and Asia.”
Ford hired 1,850 salaried workers in the U.S. last year.
In addition to the 3,000 new salaried hires planned for this year, Ford announced in April it was hiring an additional 2,000 hourly employees at its Kansas City Assembly Plant on the back of demand for its F-150 pickup.
Last year, the automaker announced it would hire more than 6,200 hourly employees across the U.S.
“Our message to job candidates is really simple: Bring your talents to Ford and help us build an even greater future,” Fields said.