Google plans to go on a hiring spree this year - adding 6,200 heads to its global staff. It'll be the biggest spree the Internet giant's kicked off since 2007, when it also hired 6,000 people. Last year Google hired a mere 4,600 people, primarily in engineering and sales, to round the year off with 24,400 employees.


"At this stage, the number of opportunities just vastly exceed the number of people we have at the company," said Alan Eustace, the company's senior vice president of engineering and research.

On Dice, Google lists 240 positions, including 214 engineering-related jobs and 41 working on Google Apps. The bulk of these are in California, New York and Washington State. Their leading skills requirements are design, development, engineering, communication, analytical skills, Java and C/C++.

From Eustace's blog:

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, instantly searching an index of more than 100 million gigabytes and even developing cars that drive themselves.

Google didn't say how many of the new jobs will be based in the U.S., where most of its current workers are. Last week, it said it plans to hire more than 1,000 workers in Europe this year. -- Chandler Harris