BMW Is Looking to Hire 8,000 New Employees This Year

Sales are going exceptionally well for BMW as the company posted its best numbers yet last year, breaking the famed and feared 2 million cars benchmark. However, they don’t have any plans to take it down a notch and are looking to further expand their reach.
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In this regard, German magazine kfz-betried reports that the company will be looking to hire 8,000 more people by the end of this year, to cope with the ever rising demand of new cars.

According to Milagros Caiña-Andree, BMW’s Board Member for personnel, more than 5,000 of them will be employed in Germany while the rest will be working in the company’s plants around the world.

The people that are most sought-after are specialists in renewable, clean energy and fuel-efficient means of transportation as well as lightweight materials and alternative means of propulsion. At the same time, software engineers are also needed more and more, as cars tend to offer more electronics by the day and BMWs make no exception.

The thing is, software engineers are not only needed for in-car applications but also for machines working inside the plants that have a high level of automatic components inside.

Another goal for the higher management is to hire more female workers. "We want to get significantly more women in the company. As a highly technical company that is not easy. But the number of women who opt for a career in technology continues to grow,” said Milagros Caiña-Andree.

This falls into a pattern BMW started a few years back when they began hiring more and more people. Back in 2014 the number of employees grew by 7,000 people and more than half of them in Germany alone. At the moment, the Bavarians have no less than 110,000 employees worldwide which might seem like a lot but pails in comparison to others like Volkswagen that has 594,000 employees right now.
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