Google receives more than 75,000 job applications over the last week [Updated]
Google has been flooded with more than 75,000 job applications over the last week, setting a company record.
The wave of worldwide applicants comes after Google said last week that it is extending a hiring spree that it began last year. The push for new hires at the leading Web-search company is its largest so far and Google said it plans to grow to more than 30,000 employees by the beginning of 2012.
The more than 75,000 applicants beat Google's previous record for applications, set in May 2007, by about 15%, said company spokesman Jordan Newman.
"2011 is going to be our biggest hiring year ever," Newman said.
The Mountain View, Calif., firm is looking to bolster staff in its mobile, advertising and cloud computing areas, said Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research, in a blog post last week.
Eustace noted that Google's Android mobile operating system runs on more than 100 devices and added that more than 300,000 Android devices are activated daily.
Chrome, Google's Web browser, has about 120 million active users and last year more than 1 million businesses started using Google Apps, he said.
In 2010, Google hired more than 4,500 new workers, mostly in engineering and sales, the largest hiring spree for Google. Google had about 24,400 employees at the end of 2010, according to a Bloomberg report.
[Updated 10:48 a.m.: Added confirmation from Google spokesman Jordan Newman.]
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
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